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 essential to make sure your home is good to go for the cold. Here are some suggestions from Teays Valley 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 larger vents) are not obstructed and that air can flow smoothly through them. Your cold air returns are needed to help your heating equipment run efficiently.
Upgrade Your Windows
Windows are a typical way that heat can leak out your home, so think about replacing old or inefficient windows to help trap heat inside during the winter months.
Replace Your Home’s Air Filters
With cold and flu season nearing, you want to be sure you’re doing all you can to keep your family healthy. For the health of your indoor air, replace your furnace or duct air filter every 12 weeks. This will also help your equipment run more efficiently and save you energy, which means saving you money on energy bills.
Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System
If your system is older than 12 years, it’s probably not nearly as energy-efficient as newer furnaces. Before the winter hits and you’re stuck with a faulty furnace or high utility bills, think about investing in an upgraded system.
Buy a Whole-Home Humidifier
It may not make sense when you hear it, but higher humidity, especially in northern climates, can make your home’s air feel warmer than it is. Include the other benefits of decreasing dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier may be the ideal addition to your HVAC system.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
We can’t say it enough – a programmable thermostat saves you energy and money no matter what season it is. A programmable thermostat will let you decrease your home temperature while you are out to help decrease heating costs, and increase the temperature before you even make it home to give you the perfect 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 furnace doesn’t have to operate as much, and therefore saves you money by decreasing your energy bills. 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 cooler setting? That decreases your energy usage and your energy bills – yes, please!
Get a Furnace 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 Teays Valley Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. Right now we are giving discounts on our seasonal tune ups to help make sure you stay warm and safe through the cold months. Call 304-760-5088 today to schedule your seasonal tune-up or set up a free in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating and cooling system.