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 critical to make sure your home is ready for the cold. Here are a couple suggestions from Stevenson 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. Confirm your air returns (the bigger vents) are not blocked and that air can flow smoothly through them. Your cold air returns are required to help your heating equipment run efficiently.
Upgrade Your Windows
Windows are a typical way that heat can escape your home, so contemplate updating old or inefficient windows to help retain heat inside during the cooler months.
Replace Your Home’s Air Filters
With cold and flu season coming soon, you want to make sure you’re doing anything you can to keep your family healthy. For the health of your indoor air, make sure you’re replacing your furnace or duct air filter every few months. This will also help your furnace run more efficiently and save you energy, which means saving you money on utility bills.
Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System
If your system is older than 10 years, it’s almost certainly not nearly as energy-efficient as newer furnaces. Before the cooler temperature hits and you’re stuck with a malfunctioning furnace or high utility bills, consider upgrading your system.
Purchase a Whole-Home Humidifier
It may not seem logical, but more humidity, more so in northern climates, can cause your home’s air to feel warmer than it actually is. Add the other benefits of less dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier could be the ideal addition to your heating 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 lower your home temperature while you are at work to help reduce 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 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.
By insulating your plumbing pipes, especially hot water pipes, you can actually help boost the temperature a few degrees. Hotter water on a decreased setting? That decreases your energy usage and your energy bills – yes, please!
Get a Precision Tune-Up
Make sure your heater is ready to keep your home warm and comfortable all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Stevenson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. This month we are providing discounts on our fall tune ups to help make sure you stay warm and safe all winter long. Call 937-503-7896 today to schedule your Precision tune-up or set up a no-charge in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating system.