Since my last e-news the temperature has dropped and the furnace has been turned on. (Actually, the pilot wouldn't start and I had to install a new regulator before it would turn on... but you get the point.)
Most times, we grin and bear it. We turn the units on and pay the energy bills. Some expenses, like my new regulator, can't be anticipated. But we do have some control over recurring fuel expense, and not just by making the kids put on extra socks.
Short of buying a super high-efficiency system, the best way to save on costs is to tune boilers and furnaces to be more efficient. We can make sure the ducts are properly sealed, that the airflow isn't inhibited by dust and debris, and by making sure the fuel being burned is the right mix.
I suggest you take the time now, and take advantage of more efficient heating systems through-out the winter. That way, you can save on monthly bills for when you have an emergency cost.
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Tune your boiler or furnace and reduce the high winter demands on HVAC systems.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts a 4% drop in heating oil prices and a 19% drop in propane costs for the upcoming winter. But the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting the winter to be nearly 18% colder than last year.
So, the best way to help save on your energy costs is to make sure your furnaces and boilers are working as efficiently as they can. And, with energy companies nationwide offering rebates to customers who tune their heating systems, your payoff could be even more significant.
Here are three articles that help explain the tune-up process.
Instrumentation for tuning heating systems.
Facility managers worldwide rely on the flexibility and accuracy of the Testo 340 portable four-gas combustion tuning system. Confirm proper setup, identify emission problems and leaks, and service furnaces for fuel efficiency.
This easy-to-use unit measures CO, NO, NO2, and oxygen deficiency, and calculates CO2, efficiency, and excess air. It can also measure temperature, draft, differential and absolute pressure, and calculate flue gas loss and dewpoint.
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