Estimating the amount of heating oil your home uses may not be an easy calculation because many variables are taken into account. However, it's important to make an educated guess so you can determine how much oil you need to purchase for the season. The team at Apple Oil in West Haven, CT, explains how to calculate the amount of heating oil your home uses.
These are the three factors that determine how much heating oil your home uses:
- Heating Degree Days: The colder the temperature gets outside, the harder your furnace has to work to keep your home warm. In cold temperatures, your furnace uses its heating oil more quickly. To measure the demand on your furnace, calculate the number of heating degree days, which factor in the average outdoor temperature and the coldest temperature of your house without requiring heat. The average number of heating degree days lets you know how often you must purchase heating oil.
- Amount of Insulation & Furnace Efficiency: Well-insulated homes require less oil to keep them warm. If you are wondering if your home should be better insulated, contact an energy auditor, who will come to your home and conduct an energy audit. You will learn which areas of your home aren't energy efficient and could use more insulation. Also, consider purchasing a high-efficiency furnace, which consumes less oil than older models.
- Ambient Temperature: Setting your home's thermostat lower conserves heating oil. Even a difference of one or two degrees can save on oil costs.
The team at Apple Oil has brought high-quality heating oil to homes for over 50 years. Give them a call at (203) 934-3835 to speak to an experienced member of their team, or visit them online to learn more about their heating oil delivery services.