If you have an oil burning furnace, you're already enjoying some of the benefits that go along with having a super efficient heating system. However, there's always room for improvement. Investing in cost-effective upgrades as well as performing necessary maintenance and repairs will keep your furnace running efficiently season after season. The following are four ways you can improve the efficiency of your furnace.
If you have an older oil-burning furnace, you can make it more efficient simply by upgrading the nozzle that sprays oil into the burner to a smaller model. Doing so could save you as much as 10 percent on your heating bill. You may also want to look into other upgrades that will improve the efficiency of your furnace, such as a flame retention burner. A flame retention burner keeps heat from escaping through the chimney when the furnace isn't running.
Your furnace needs to be cleaned regularly. Each month, change or clean the filter and pump strainer. If blocked, these two components will prevent oil from getting to your burner, greatly decreasing the efficiency of your furnace. You should also clean the furnace blower and thermostat regularly. You must also clean the control stack, a safety device that ensures the safe and proper operation of your furnace.
Perform regular maintenance and repairs as necessary. If you notice that your furnace isn't working right or if you see black smoke coming from your chimney, have your unit serviced. You should also have your furnace looked at if it shuts off while it should continue running or if the electrical circuit breaker for your furnace keeps tripping. If your furnace seems to be running fine, have it looked at and serviced at least once each year before the heating season begins.
Make sure that your furnace is getting enough air to operate efficiently by keeping items away from your fresh-air vents. Also, keep items away from your furnace vents and your furnace itself. Anything that blocks circulation of air and/or proper air flow can decrease the efficiency of your furnace. A dirty furnace filter may also decrease air flow. Be sure to change yours regularly.
As you can see, there are several ways you can make your oil burning furnace more efficient, including upgrades and regular maintenance (from professionals such as Shearman Oil Inc). The more efficient your furnace is, the more money you will save.