When you schedule a tune up, ask your service company about reducing the firing rate of the burner. Most burners are oversize, and significant savings can be achieved by downsizing the nozzle.
The burner nozzle controls the firing rate (the rate of oil flow in gallons per hour). Only your fuel supplier has the records necessary to determine if this is applicable.
Make sure your serviceperson leaves a tag attached to the heating system which records the final combustion efficiency, smoke reading, percent carbon dioxide (CO2), net stack temperature and any other work done. Combustion efficiency indicates what percentage of fuel your burner turns into heat.
Make sure your tune-up also includes the following 13 key checks for a winter-ready oil burner:
To save even more energy around the house, try these do-it-yourself projects:
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