Winter is coming. (Cue Game of Thrones intro.) While you probably won’t have to prepare quite the same way the Starks and Lannisters will, it’s still critical to make sure your home is ready for the cold. Here are a couple tips from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to get you started.
Clear Space Surrounding Air Returns
You shouldn’t need cold air returns in the winter right? Wrong. Confirm your air returns (the bigger vents) are not blocked and that air can flow smoothly through them. Your cold air returns are necessary to help your furnace run efficiently.
Upgrade Your Windows
Windows are a usual way that heat can leak out your home, so consider updating old or inefficient windows to help trap heat inside during the cooler months.
Replace Your Home’s Air Filters
With allergy and cold season quickly approaching, you want to verify you’re doing everything you can to keep your family in good health. For the sake of your indoor air, swap out your furnace or duct air filter every quarter. This will also help your system run more efficiently and save you energy, which means decreasing your heating bills.
Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System
If your system is older than ten years, it’s probably not nearly as energy-efficient as newer equipment. Before the winter hits and you’re stuck with a failing furnace or high energy bills, think about replacing your system.
Buy a Whole-Home Humidifier
It may not seem logical, but more humidity, more so in northern climates, can result in your home’s air feeling warmer than it is. Add the other benefits of decreasing dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier might be the ultimate addition to your HVAC system.
Invest in a Programmable Thermostat
We say it all the time – a programmable thermostat decreases your energy use and bills no matter what season it is. A programmable thermostat will let you turn down your home temperature while you are out to help reduce heating costs, and raise the temperature before you even get home to provide the ideal amount of home comfort.
Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation
Having the right amount of attic insulation helps retain heat during the winter, lowering your energy use because your furnace doesn’t have to work as hard, and therefore saves you money by lowering your heating costs. Inquire with your local utility companies about rebates on installing or upgrading your home’s insulation.
If you insulate your hot water pipes, it can actually help raise the temperature a couple of degrees. Hotter water on a lower setting? That decreases your energy usage and your energy bills – yes, please!
Get a Furnace Tune-Up
Make sure your heating system is ready to keep you warm and cozy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Service Experts. Right now we are providing discounts on our seasonal tune ups to help make sure you stay warm and safe through the cold months. Call 954-736-4314 today to schedule your Precision tune-up or set up a no-charge in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating and cooling system.