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 crucial to make sure your home is ready for the cold. Here are some tips from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to get you started.
Clear Space Surrounding Air Returns
You won’t need cold air returns in the cooler months right? Wrong. Make sure your air returns (the more sizable vents) are not obstructed and that air can flow easily into them. Your cold air returns are necessary to help your furnace run efficiently.
Update Your Windows
Windows are a common way that heat can leak out your home, so consider replacing old or inefficient windows to help trap heat inside during the winter months.
Replace Your Home’s Air Filters
With allergy and cold season nearing, you want to verify you’re doing everything you can to keep your family in good health. For the sake of your indoor air, make sure you’re replacing your furnace or duct air filter every few months. This will also help your equipment run more efficiently and save you energy, which means saving you money on 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 cooler temperature hits and you’re stuck with a failing furnace or high heating bills, consider investing in an upgraded system.
Invest in a Whole-Home Humidifier
It may not seem logical, 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 may be the perfect addition to your heating system.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
We say it all the time – a programmable thermostat decreases your energy use and bills no matter what temperature it is. A programmable thermostat will enable you to lower your home temperature while you are at work to help reduce heating costs, and turn up the temperature before you even make it home to provide the ideal amount of home comfort.
Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation
Having the ideal amount of attic insulation helps retain heat during the winter, saving you energy 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 installing or upgrading your attic insulation.
Insulating your hot water pipes can actually help increase the temperature a few degrees. Warmer water on a decreased setting? That decreases your energy usage and your energy bills – yes, please!
Get a Precision Tune-Up
Be sure your heater is ready to keep your home warm and cozy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Service Experts. Currently we are providing discounts on our fall tune ups to help make sure your home stays warm and safe through the cold months. Call 925-364-5427 today to schedule your Precision tune-up or set up a no-charge in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating system.