Winter is coming. (In comes Game of Thrones intro.) While you probably won’t have to prepare quite the same way the Starks and Lannisters will, it’s still essential to make sure your home is ready for the cold. Here are a couple recommendations 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. Verify your air returns (the more sizable vents) are not obstructed and that air can flow easily into them. Your cold air returns are needed to help your heating system run efficiently.
Upgrade Your Windows
Windows are a typical way that heat can seep out your home, so consider updating old or inefficient windows to help keep heat inside during the winter months.
Replace Your Home’s Air Filters
With sick season coming soon, you want to be sure you’re doing everything you can to keep your family healthy. For the sake of your indoor air, swap out your furnace or duct air filter every three months. This will also help your system run more efficiently and save you energy, which means saving you money on heating bills.
Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System
If your system is older than 12 years, it’s almost certainly not nearly as energy-efficient as newer furnaces. Before the cooler temperature hits and you’re stuck with a malfunctioning furnace or high energy bills, think about investing in an upgraded system.
Purchase a Whole-Home Humidifier
It may not make sense when you hear it, but higher humidity, particularly in northern climates, can cause your home’s air to feel warmer than it actually 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 decreases your energy use and bills no matter what temperature it is. A programmable thermostat will let you lower your home temperature while you are away to help decrease heating costs, and increase the temperature before you even arrive home to yield the ideal amount of home comfort.
Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation
Having the correct amount of attic insulation helps keep heat from escaping during the winter, lowering your energy use because your heating system doesn’t have to run as much, and therefore saves you money on heating bill. Ask your local utility companies about rebates for installing or upgrading your attic insulation.
If you insulate your hot water pipes, it can actually help raise the temperature a couple of degrees. Hot water on a cooler setting? That decreases your energy usage and your energy bills – yes, please!
Get a Heating Tune-Up
Verify your heating system is ready to keep you warm and comfy 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 your family stays warm and safe through the winter. Call 330-305-2799 today to schedule your seasonal tune-up or set up a complimentary in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient HVAC system.