Winter is coming. (Cue Game of Thrones music.) While you shouldn’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 Air Engineers Service Experts to get you started.
Clear Space Surrounding Air Returns
You shouldn’t need cold air returns in the cooler months right? Wrong. Verify your air returns (the larger vents) are not obstructed and that air can easily flow through them. Your cold air returns are required to help your heating equipment run efficiently.
Upgrade Your Windows
Windows are a usual way that heat can leak out your home, so consider replacing old or inefficient windows to help retain heat inside during the cold months.
Replace Your Home’s Air Filters
With cold and flu season nearing, you want to verify you’re doing everything 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 three months. This will also help your system run more efficiently and save you energy, which means decreasing your heating bills.
Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System
If your heating equipment is older than 10 years, it’s most likely not nearly as energy-efficient as upgraded equipment. Before the cold hits and you’re stuck with a malfunctioning furnace or high utility bills, discuss upgrading your 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 could be the ultimate addition to your heating system.
Invest in a Programmable Thermostat
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – a programmable thermostat saves you energy and money no matter what time of year it is. A programmable thermostat will allow you to turn down your home temperature while you are at work to help lower heating costs, and raise the temperature before you even arrive home to give you the right amount of home comfort.
Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation
Having the ideal amount of attic insulation helps trap heat in your home during the winter, saving you energy because your heater 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 upgrading or installing your attic insulation.
If you insulate your hot water pipes, it can actually help boost the temperature two or three degrees. Hotter water on a cooler setting? That saves you energy and money – yes, please!
Get a Precision Tune-Up
Make sure your heating system is ready to keep your home warm and comfy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Air Engineers Service Experts. Right now we are giving discounts on our heating tune ups to help make sure you stay warm and safe through the cold months. Call 904-450-5672 today to schedule your Precision tune-up or set up a complimentary in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient HVAC system.