Winter is coming. (Cue Game of Thrones theme.) 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 couple tips from Roy Inch & Sons Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to get you started.
Clear Space Around Air Returns
You don’t need cold air returns in the winter right? Wrong. Confirm your air returns (the bigger vents) are not restricted and that air can flow smoothly through them. Your cold air returns are required to help your furnace run efficiently.
Upgrade Your Windows
Windows are a typical way that heat can get out of your home, so consider upgrading 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 make sure you’re doing all you can to keep your family in good health. For the well-being of your indoor air, make sure you’re replacing your furnace or duct air filter every three months. This will also help your furnace run more efficiently and save you energy, which means decreasing your utility bills.
Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System
If your heating equipment is older than ten years, it’s most likely not nearly as energy-efficient as updated heating systems. Before the winter hits and you’re stuck with a malfunctioning furnace or high utility bills, discuss investing in an upgraded system.
Purchase a Whole-Home Humidifier
It may not make sense when you hear it, but increased humidity, especially in northern climates, can result in your home’s air feeling warmer than it is. Joined with the other benefits of less dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier might be the ideal addition to your heat and air system.
Invest in 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 season it is. A programmable thermostat will allow you to decrease your home temperature while you are out to help reduce heating costs, and turn up the temperature before you even get home to yield the ideal amount of home comfort.
Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation
Having the correct amount of attic insulation helps retain heat during the winter, lowering your energy use because your heater doesn’t have to operate as much, and therefore saves you money by decreasing your energy bills. 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. Hot water on a lower setting? That saves you energy and money – yes, please!
Get a Precision Tune-Up
Make sure your heating system is ready to keep your home warm and comfy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Roy Inch & Sons Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. This month we are giving discounts on our fall tune ups to help make sure you stay warm and safe all winter long. Call 226-270-1164 today to schedule your seasonal tune-up or set up a no-charge in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating system.