Winter is coming. (Cue Game of Thrones theme.) 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 good to go for the cold. Here are a couple tips from Roy Inch & Sons Home Services by Enercare 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 larger vents) are not restricted and that air can flow smoothly through 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 leak out your home, so think about upgrading old or inefficient windows to help trap heat inside during the cooler months.
Replace Your Home’s Air Filters
With cold and flu season quickly approaching, you want to make sure you’re doing everything 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 10 years, it’s probably not nearly as energy-efficient as updated heating systems. Before the cold hits and you’re stuck with a failing 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, particularly in northern climates, can result in your home’s air feeling warmer than it is. Joined with the other benefits of decreasing dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier might be the perfect addition to your heat and air 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 time of year it is. A programmable thermostat will allow you to decrease your home temperature while you are away 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 right 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 on installing or upgrading your home’s insulation.
Insulating your hot water pipes can actually help raise the temperature two or three degrees. Hot water on a lower setting? That lowers your energy use and bills – yes, please!
Get a Precision Tune-Up
Be sure your furnace is ready to keep your home warm and comfy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Roy Inch & Sons . This month we are giving discounts on our fall tune ups to help make sure your family stays warm and safe through the cold months. Call 226-270-1164 today to schedule your Precision tune-up or set up a no-charge in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient HVAC system.