6 Smart Things to Do Before Winter

Stay comfortable and save money!

winter home checklist marylandThis is a busy time of year, what with Thanksgiving and the December holidays coming up fast.

But a little effort now can help you save money and keep your Southern Maryland home warm and comfy all winter long. Here are six tips.

Get your heating system a inspection

A well-maintained furnace or boiler will operate at peak efficiency, which means it will use the least amount of propane possible to keep your home warm. You may save a lot on your energy bills without having to sacrifice one bit of comfort! A inspection also lets our service technicians detect and fix problems before they get worse. Four out of five heating system breakdowns could have been prevented with regular, professional maintenance.

Enroll in Automatic Delivery

With Automatic Delivery, your heating system will always have the propane it needs to heat your house. We track your fuel use based on prior usage and current weather conditions. We accurately predict when you’ll need a propane delivery ahead of schedule based on this information.

Want more precision when it comes to your propane supply? We offer wireless propane tank monitoring! It uses wireless and cellular technology to track exactly how much propane is in your tank 24/7. When it alerts us that you need propane, we make a delivery. It’s the ultimate in convenience and peace of mind.

Sign up for AutoPay

Get the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your Taylor bill will be paid on-time, every time! With AutoPay, we automatically deduct your payment from your credit card or checking account.

Install a smart or programmable thermostat

Programmable and smart thermostats make it easy to reduce your energy costs while keeping your home comfortable. Programming your new thermostat properly can save you up to 10% on your heating costs! Some smart thermostats even let you know when your HVAC system needs service.

Here’s what the U.S. Department of Energy recommends:

Do some work both indoors and outside

If you use a furnace to heat your home, take some time to vacuum and clean all the vents and registers. This will help reduce dust and allergens from circulating. Make sure furniture, draperies, and other objects aren’t blocking heated air from circulating. Put a reminder on your calendar to check your HVAC filter once a month and change as needed.

Did you know that drafts around windows, doors, and exterior walls can cause you to lose as much heated air as if you left a window open 24/7? Some DIY work with caulk, weatherstripping, door sweeps, and expanding foam can cut your heating costs by 10%.

Outside, make sure that vents and flues are clear of leaves and other debris, and don’t forget to clear them of ice and snow after winter storms. Make sure there are no obstructions around your propane tank. When winter does hit, make sure you keep your driveway and path to your propane tank clear. We may not be able to make a delivery if we can’t get safely down your driveway or to your tank.

Start planning to upgrade propane appliances

If your home’s heating system or water heater is getting on in years, the time to start preparing to replace it is now and not when they break down. New, high‑efficiency models can reduce your annual fuel costs. You’ll get a return on your investment right off the bat!

Whether you need propane delivery or equipment service, Taylor can help you be ready for winter’s wicked weather! Contact us today to request delivery or service.