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4 Ways to Improve Your Oil Heating System

As the winter months approach and temperatures start to drop, most of us start thinking about ways in which we can stay warm without breaking the bank. When it comes to home heating, every little helps.

A few simple steps can be made that will make a long-term lasting effect on the efficiency and affordability of your home heating system. If you have an oil system, here's how you can make those changes sooner rather than later.

Getting the best from your heating system

1. Maintenance
Regular and proper maintenance of your heating oil tank is a must when it comes to improving your system and making sure that it is in safe and optimum working order at all times. Apart from servicing once a year from a registered technician and getting an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) check done, you can also check for signs yourself. Make sure that you have a good quality oil storage system, check for signs of damage and make sure that vents, gauges and alarms are working correctly.

2. Insulation
Apart from looking at the tank itself, you should also pay close attention to your home. Check the insulation efficiency by considering loft or roof insulation, double-glazing or draft and air sealing. Small changes all add up when it comes to the cost of heating rooms and keeping them warm so that the money you spend doesn't go to waste.

3. Responsive Control
Keeping informed and aware of the heating levels and settings in your oil heating system is a sure-fire way of staying on top of bills and consumption. Set your thermostat to suit your family's routine during the week by increasing the heating when you are in and turning it off or down when you are away or sleeping at night. You could also fit a weather-responsive control that automatically adjusts the temperature of your boiler water according to the temperature outside. This can significantly extend your boiler's working life and reduce your heating fuel usage by 10% to 20%.

4. Cold Start-System
Most oil-fired boilers must remain at a high temperature in order to produce any amount of hot water. This can cause significant heat energy loss as most boilers contain between 13 to 40 gallons of water and do not have a lot of insulation. By switching to a cold-start boiler, you could save around 150 gallons per year as the system does not need a high temperature to be maintained.

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