Getting ahead of the Heating Season
It’s the middle of summer, and we know you may be wondering why home heating is even a topic of discussion while we still have plenty of hot, humid days ahead. The truth is that now is actually the perfect time to plan for the next change in seasons—and for a number of reasons. Preparing in advance can help you save time, money, and hassle for the duration of this heating season and beyond.
Consider some of these simple ways to make a significant impact on your energy savings, comfort, and peace of mind.
Schedule an Annual Tune-Up
Just like scheduling routine maintenance for your vehicle to keep it running smoothly, arranging an annual tune-up for your heating system helps ensure proper, efficient operation. Trust an HVAC professional to check for parts that may need repair or replacement, and take care of the adjustments long before winter weather arrives. A simple annual tune-up can improve your heating system’s efficiency by as much as 10% each year!
Upgrade Outdated Equipment
Depending on the age and condition of your current heating system, upgrading to new equipment can reduce your energy bills and provide trouble-free warmth for years to come. If your boiler or furnace is more than 15 years old, now’s the time to look into higher-efficiency systems for your comfort and safety. Whether you’re interested in installing a new system or updating a component of your existing equipment, be sure to request your estimate as soon as possible so your complete configuration is ready before the temperature drops.
Order Fuel at a Lower Rate
While fuel prices have been low for the last couple of heating seasons, there’s unfortunately no way of knowing for sure what the market will bring this year. However, there is still a way to protect yourself against fluctuating prices! Fuel price protection options like Pre-Buy and Cap Price Programs provide peace of mind about the potential for rising fuel costs by allowing you to buy fuel ahead of the heating season or establish a capped price per gallon for your future orders. Choose a level of protection that best fits your needs, and be worry-free about the market price of oil or propane this heating season.
Budget Your Payments in Advance
Add predictability to your fuel costs, and manage your heating budget with ease this year. Select a monthly budget payment option to spread energy costs evenly over a 10 or 12-month period to reduce high winter payments. During the summer, the predicted amount of fuel you’ll use for the upcoming heating season is evaluated and divided into small monthly payments for convenient budgeting all year long.
Interested in learning about more ways to prepare for the heating season in advance? Let us know.