There’s the concern over water pipes freezing
Every year, I wait as long as possible before starting up the oil furnace. I dread that moment when I’m forced to raise the control machine setting & the furnace kicks on. I suppose that I’ll be running the oil furnace & paying excessive energy bills for the next eight weeks. I’ve made every effort to reduce energy waste & expenses. Every window in the home has been upgraded & carefully caulked around. All of the exterior doors are brand new, Energy Star rated & have been weatherstripped. I’ve added insulation, ceiling fans & a smart control unit. I am honestly conscientious about replacing the air filter every week. I schedule professional upkeep for the oil furnace in the fall to ensure peak efficiency & dependability. It doesn’t seem to matter. I still cringe every time I open the gas bill; Because of this, I’m reluctant to turn to the oil furnace earlier than necessary. In our local area, the evenings already beginning feeling frosty by the end of September. In November, our kids begin complaining about how frigid the home feels. I tell them to dress warmer. They can put on sweatshirts & moderate socks. They can wrap in blankets when they watch television. I hope to hold off until at least mid November but it’s not constantly possible. Sometimes the temperature drops below freezing & all of us get snow. When it starts snowing, there’s no choice but to use the oil furnace. There’s the concern over water pipes freezing. My kids celebrate when the oil furnace kicks on. I’m still cautious about the control machine setting & don’t allow anyone to touch it but me.