Winter is coming. (Signal Game of Thrones intro.) While you may not have to prepare quite the same way the Starks and Lannisters will, it’s still important to make sure your home is all set for the cold. Here are a couple recommendations from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to get you started.
Clear Space Near Air Returns
You won’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 easily into them. Your cold air returns are needed to help your heating equipment run efficiently.
Update Your Windows
Windows are a common way that heat can seep out your home, so think about replacing old or inefficient windows to help keep heat inside during the cold months.
Replace Your Home’s Air Filters
With allergy and cold season quickly approaching, you want to make sure you’re doing anything you can to keep your family from falling ill. For the health of your indoor air, make sure you’re replacing your furnace or duct air filter every 12 weeks. 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 10 years, it’s most likely not nearly as energy-efficient as newer furnaces. Before the winter hits and you’re stuck with a malfunctioning furnace or high utility bills, consider investing in an upgraded system.
Purchase a Whole-Home Humidifier
It may not make sense when you hear it, but more humidity, more so in northern climates, can make your home’s air feel warmer than it is. Add the other benefits of less dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier may be the ideal addition to your heat and air system.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
We can’t say it enough – a programmable thermostat saves you energy and money no matter what time of year it is. A programmable thermostat will enable you to lower your home temperature while you are out to help decrease heating costs, and increase the temperature before you even arrive home to yield the right amount of home comfort.
Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation
Having the right amount of attic insulation helps keep heat from escaping 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. Ask your local utility companies about rebates for upgrading or installing your attic insulation.
If you insulate your hot water pipes, it can actually help boost the temperature a few 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 giving discounts on our seasonal tune ups to help make sure your home stays warm and safe all winter long. Call 318-588-8163 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.