Winter is coming. (Cue Game of Thrones intro.) While you probably won’t 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 few tips from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to get you started.
Clear Space Around Air Returns
You won’t need cold air returns in the winter right? Wrong. Make sure 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 common way that heat can get out of 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 cold and flu season coming soon, you want to make sure you’re doing all 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 few months. This will also help your system run more efficiently and save you energy, which means decreasing your utility bills.
Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System
If your system is older than 12 years, it’s almost certainly not nearly as energy-efficient as upgraded furnaces. Before the winter hits and you’re stuck with a faulty furnace or high energy bills, think about upgrading your system.
Buy a Whole-Home Humidifier
It may not sound right, but increased humidity, more so in northern climates, can result in your home’s air feeling warmer than it is. Add the other benefits of decreasing dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier could be the perfect addition to your heat and air system.
Invest in a Programmable Thermostat
We can’t say it enough – a programmable thermostat lowers your energy usage and bills no matter what season it is. A programmable thermostat will let you turn down your home temperature while you are at work to help reduce heating costs, and raise the temperature before you even make it home to yield the ideal amount of home comfort.
Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation
Having the ideal amount of attic insulation helps keep heat from escaping during the winter, lowering your energy use because your heating system doesn’t have to work as hard, and therefore saves you money by decreasing your energy bills. Inquire with 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 two or three degrees. Hot water on a cooler setting? That lowers your energy use and bills – yes, please!
Get a Precision Tune-Up
Be sure your furnace is ready to keep you warm and comfy 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 303-647-5853 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.