Tips to Improve an Oil Heating System

One of the most important things you have to learn about your property is how to get the most out of your heating system. When the colder months roll in, bills will start to shoot up if you don’t know how to control your usage and expenditure. Here are four ways that you can easily improve your oil heating system to keep your property comfortable and the extortionate costs at bay.

1. Check Efficiency

Regular maintenance and check ups are the fail-safe way to ensure the efficiency and safety of your oil heating system. Make sure that you have a high quality, durable and expertly sealed oil storage system as well as annual servicing by a registered technician from the Oil Firing Technical Association (Oftec). Simple checks and maintenance such as ensuring that vents, gauges and access points are closed and protected, keeping an eye out for any signs of leaks and making sure that the oil tank is only filled to 80-90% to avoid overfilling are also ways that you can check the efficiency yourself too.

2.  Convert to a Cold-Start System

Most water boiler systems have an external coil that must be kept at a high temperature at all times even if it is heating up a small amount of water for use. This can cause a large amount of energy wastage as an average boiler contains 13 to 40 gallons of water, which takes a lot to heat! As well as this, many boilers are not heavily insulated so heat energy gets lost and your oil heating fuel loses efficiency. Take simple steps to improve this by considering a cold-start heating system that does not need a high temperature to be constantly maintained.

3. Insulate

An easy way to improve your home heating system is to insulate, insulate, insulate. No matter how much you heat your home; if you can’t keep the heat in then it all goes to waste. There are plenty of ways that you can improve your insulation. From roof and loft insulation fitting to extra glazing on windows and draft-proof doors, check out this handy guide and find out what your property needs.

4. Add a Weather-Responsive Controller

Apart from controlling the heating with a timed thermostat to suit a particular routine, a great way to cleverly control your heating system is by adding a weather-responsive controller. This technology activates the heating system according to the temperature outside. This way you can set your comfort level and be safe in the knowledge that your costs and energy consumptions are taken care of too!


From time to time we publish original guest articles. The above article was written by Vickie Harrison.

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