Winter is coming. (Cue Game of Thrones music.) 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 all set for the cold. Here are a couple tips from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to get you started.
Clear Space Surrounding Air Returns
You don’t need cold air returns in the cold season right? Wrong. Confirm your air returns (the more sizable vents) are not restricted 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 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 sick season quickly approaching, you want to be sure you’re doing anything you can to keep your family in good health. 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 decreasing your energy bills.
Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System
If your system is older than 10 years, it’s most likely not nearly as energy-efficient as upgraded heating systems. Before the cooler temperature hits and you’re stuck with a failing furnace or high heating bills, discuss replacing your 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 can’t say it enough – 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 away to help decrease heating costs, and increase the temperature before you even make it home to yield the right amount of home comfort.
Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation
Having the ideal amount of attic insulation helps keep heat from escaping during the winter, decreasing your energy usage because your heating system doesn’t have to work as hard, and therefore saves you money on heating bill. Ask your local utility companies about rebates on installing or upgrading your home’s insulation.
If you insulate your hot water pipes, it can actually help boost the temperature a few degrees. Warmer water on a cooler setting? That saves you energy and money – yes, please!
Get a Heating Tune-Up
Be sure your furnace is ready to keep your home warm and comfortable all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Service Experts. Currently we are offering discounts on our heating tune ups to help make sure you stay warm and safe through the winter. Call (713) 352-7887 today to schedule your Precision tune-up or set up a no-charge in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating system.