Safety & Tips on Heating and Cooling

Heating and Cooling

1. Annual Maintenance

  • British Empire Fuels highly recommends annual maintenance on your heating equipment. This will help maintain the efficiency level, as well as help to ensure the continued safe use and operation of the equipment in your home.
  • Regular maintenance of your oil-burning equipment is not only extremely important, but mandatory, as set out by the TSSA. Having your oil furnace maintained regularly improves efficiency, longevity, and ensures overall safety.

2. Air Filters

Check your furnace air filter on a regular basis, every 4-6 weeks.

  • If you have central air conditioning, this rule applies throughout the summer months as well.
  • Clogged filters reduce air flow through the heating/cooling system, forcing the unit to work harder.
  • Severely clogged filters can cause the unit to overheat and can lead to premature compressor damage in air conditioning system.
  • When you check the filter, hold it up to the light. If no light comes through, it’s time to change the filter.

3. Programmable Thermostats

  • Programmable thermostats will help you manage the heat in your home. They can be set to suit your lifestyle by turning down the temperature in the house when no one is home, or at night when everyone is sleeping.
  • For every degree the thermostat is set below 21°C for four or more hours in a day, you will reduce your energy use by 2-2.5%. Over one year, you could lower your heating bill by 15%.
  • The recommended setting for the winter is 68°F and for the summer is 78°F.
  • A rebate is available through Cool Savings for $25 if you upgrade to a programmable thermostat.
  • Smart Thermostats use sensors and Wi-Fi technology to deliver automatic energy saving adjustments and maintenance alerts.
  • A rebate incentive is available for most Smart Thermostats.

4. Insulated Water Heaters and Pipes (Electric ONLY)

  • Uninsulated hot water pipes lose heat and cause your water heater to work harder.
  • Cold water pipes can be insulated in order to prevent them from sweating or dripping in heated areas, or freezing in unheated areas.

5. Weatherizing Your Home

  • Insulating and caulking around windows and doors to seal out cold air helps save energy.
  • Duct Cleaning helps make sure the air flow is not obstructed in any way as well as helps make for a cleaner and environmentally comfortable living space.

Propane Tank Installations

USWG Torpedo Propane Tank Regulations

Torpedo style Propane Tank (325 USWG up to and including 1000 USWG):

  1. Propane Tank.
  2. A minimum of 10 ft. from any building (including a garage or a shed).
  3. A minimum of 10 ft. from any properly line.
  4. A minimum of 10 ft. from any source of ignition (pool heater, generator, air conditioner).
  5. A maximum distance of 100 ft. from wherever the delivery truck could back up to in the winter time.
  6. The torpedo style tank is typically used for main source heat applications. The benefit of a torpedo style tank is its large capacity which enables for safe, efficient and reliable delivery throughout the harsh winter months.

420 lb. Vertical Propane Cylinder Regulations

The 420 lb. cylinder is typically used for intermittent or reduced consumption loads. One benefit of a 420 lb. unit is that it can be placed right up to a building or near a property line.

Vertical style Propane Cylinders (vertical 420 lb. cylinders) or propane regulators:

  1. Propane Tank.
  2. A minimum of 3 ft. from any opening into a building (window, doorway, exhaust vent).
  3. A minimum of 10 ft. from any mechanical air intake (direct vent appliances, some vents for cook ranges HRVs).
  4. A minimum of 10 ft. from any source of ignition (pool heater, generator, air conditioner).


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