Winter is coming. (Cue Game of Thrones music.) While you shouldn’t have to prepare quite the same way the Starks and Lannisters will, it’s still important to make sure your home is ready for the cold. Here are some tips from Eveready Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to get you started.
Clear Space Surrounding Air Returns
You don’t need cold air returns in the winter right? Wrong. Make sure your air returns (the bigger vents) are not blocked and that air can easily flow through them. Your cold air returns are necessary to help your furnace run efficiently.
Update Your Windows
Windows are a usual way that heat can seep out your home, so think about replacing old or inefficient windows to help retain heat inside during the winter months.
Replace Your Home’s Air Filters
With cold and flu season nearing, you want to make sure you’re doing all you can to keep your family from falling ill. For the sake of your indoor air, replace your furnace or duct air filter every quarter. This will also help your system run more efficiently and save you energy, which means saving you money on energy bills.
Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System
If your furnace is older than ten years, it’s almost certainly not nearly as energy-efficient as updated heating systems. Before the cold hits and you’re stuck with a faulty furnace or high energy bills, consider investing in an upgraded system.
Invest in a Whole-Home Humidifier
It may not make sense when you hear it, but higher humidity, especially in northern climates, can cause your home’s air to feel warmer than it actually is. Add the other benefits of decreasing dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier may be the perfect addition to your HVAC system.
Get 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 time of year it is. A programmable thermostat will allow you to turn down your home temperature while you are at work to help lower heating costs, and turn up the temperature before you even make it home to provide the right amount of home comfort.
Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation
Having the right amount of attic insulation helps trap heat in your home during the winter, saving you energy because your heating system doesn’t have to run as much, and therefore saves you money by lowering your heating costs. Inquire with your local utility companies about rebates for upgrading or installing your attic insulation.
Insulating your hot water pipes can actually help increase the temperature a few degrees. Warmer water on a lower setting? That lowers your energy use and bills – yes, please!
Get a Furnace Tune-Up
Make sure your heating system is ready to keep your home warm and cozy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Eveready Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. Right now we are giving discounts on our heating tune ups to help make sure your home stays warm and safe all winter long. Call 804-548-4480 today to schedule your seasonal tune-up or set up a free in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating system.