Whether you heat your home with oil, gas, or electricity, these 7 tips can help you cut your energy consumption and maintain comfortable temperatures in your home during the winter:
For homes that use heating oil to stay warm and cozy, safe and timely deliveries are absolutely necessary. Even though this winter has so far been a mild one, we all know those snow and ice storms could come at any moment. And when they do, Levco recommends a few winter heating oil delivery tips to make sure your home is safe and accessible for deliveries. Make Sure Your Location Is Visible As your next oil delivery approaches, it’s important that your heating oil delivery company can easily find your home. Ensure your house number [...]
Waking up on a cold winter morning and finding out there is no heat because your oil burner is not working can be stressful. Levco is always at your service but wants you to be prepared if you do encounter an emergency. Here are some Emergency Procedures to follow before giving us a call:
In an oil-heated home, your boiler is one of the most important pieces of equipment. It not only keeps the house warm in these cold New England winters, but it heats the water for showers, baths, washing dishes, and keeps the pipes from freezing and bursting. Some days you may not notice it. But because it is also a big investment, its important to know when it may need replacing before it costs you more in repairs, becomes unsafe, or completely stops working on a cold, snowy night. But how do you know when it's [...]
There’s no question that pets are family. Where else can we get unconditional love, laughter, and comfort in one adorable package? And let’s face it, there are days we like our pets better than our human family members. Having furry babies means having pet hair and dander all over your home. The vacuum cleaner becomes permanently attached to your hand, you carry lint rollers in your purse or briefcase, and pet hair is a constant fashion accessory to every outfit. But having pets also means taking extra steps on HVAC maintenance to help your home's equipment run efficiently.
Taking steps to save on heating costs is more than just the first 11 tips we have already shared. It’s important to find the right team that cares about your home as much as you do. A team of expert Heating and Cooling technicians to provide advice and are only a moment’s notice from coming over to help solve any problem that may arise.
Tip #11 - Insulate the Attic & Basement The cool air in uninsulated parts of the house contributes to the overall cost of heating. According to the Energy Star program, insulating an attic, crawl space, basement walls and the floor above an unfinished basement can reduce heating costs by an average of 15 percent. Although the price of insulating an attic can exceed $1,000, the investment will pay off in a few seasons. Check back over the next few weeks to see all 12 tips and tricks to stay warm and not blow the budget [...]
Tip #10 - Heat a Smaller Space Why heat the rest of the house when you're using only one area? Small space heaters can be less expensive to use if you only want to heat one room or supplement inadequate heating in one room. They can also boost the temperature of rooms used by individuals who are sensitive to cold. Although running the portable heater certainly has a cost, it may be less than keeping the entire house warm and cozy. But remember, for optimum safety the Department of Energy recommends the following: only purchase [...]
Tip #9: Seal the Ducts The Energy Department warns that about 20 percent of heated air can escape through the ductwork in a house. Have the ducts evaluated by a professional to determine if sealing or any other improvement is necessary. Although there's a cost to these repairs, annual savings can be as high as $120. Properly sealed ductwork also protects better against dust and mold. Check back over the next few weeks to see all 12 tips and tricks to stay warm and not blow the budget this winter: Turn Down the Heat ✓ Install [...]
Tip #8 - Use Caulk and Weather Stripping Windows and doors aren't the only spots where warm air leaks out of the house. Keep an eye out for places where two types of building materials meet -- corners, chimneys, and around pipes and wires. Thoroughly check the interior and exterior of your home for cracks and gaps, paying particular attention to areas around chimneys, furnace flues, pipes, electrical outlets, windows, and doors. Fill small leaks with caulk and make sure weatherstripping around doors and windows is in good condition. Check back over the next [...]