Winter is coming. (Cue Game of Thrones intro.) While you may not have to prepare quite the same way the Starks and Lannisters will, it’s still critical to make sure your home is good to go for the cold. Here are a few suggestions from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to get you started.
Clear Space Near Air Returns
You don’t need cold air returns in the cooler months right? Wrong. Verify your air returns (the bigger vents) are not obstructed and that air can flow easily into them. Your cold air returns are required to help your heating system run efficiently.
Upgrade Your Windows
Windows are a common way that heat can get out of your home, so think about updating old or inefficient windows to help retain heat inside during the cold months.
Replace Your Home’s Air Filters
With cold and flu season coming soon, you want to make sure you’re doing all you can to keep your family healthy. For the sake of your indoor air, swap out your furnace or duct air filter every quarter. This will also help your equipment run more efficiently and save you energy, which means lowering your heating bills.
Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System
If your furnace is older than 10 years, it’s almost certainly not nearly as energy-efficient as upgraded equipment. Before the cold hits and you’re stuck with a faulty furnace or high energy bills, discuss upgrading your system.
Purchase a Whole-Home Humidifier
It may not sound right, but more humidity, especially in northern climates, can make your home’s air feel warmer than it is. Include the other benefits of reducing dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier could be the ideal addition to your heating system.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – a programmable thermostat saves you energy and money no matter what temperature it is. A programmable thermostat will allow you to turn down your home temperature while you are out to help lower heating costs, and raise the temperature before you even arrive home to yield the ideal amount of home comfort.
Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation
Having the ideal amount of attic insulation helps trap heat in your home during the winter, saving you energy because your furnace doesn’t have to operate as much, and therefore saves you money by lowering your heating costs. Check with your local utility companies about rebates on installing or upgrading your home’s insulation.
By insulating your plumbing pipes, especially hot water pipes, you can actually help boost the temperature a couple of degrees. Warmer water on a cooler setting? That decreases your energy usage and your energy bills – yes, please!
Get a Precision Tune-Up
Make sure your furnace is ready to keep your home warm and comfy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. Currently we are giving discounts on our seasonal tune ups to help make sure your home stays warm and safe all winter long. Call 289-273-2229 today to schedule your heating tune-up or set up a complimentary in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating system.