Winter is coming. (Cue Game of Thrones theme.) 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 all set for the cold. Here are some tips from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to get you started.
Clear Space Around Air Returns
You shouldn’t need cold air returns in the cooler months right? Wrong. Confirm your air returns (the larger vents) are not restricted and that air can flow smoothly through them. Your cold air returns are required to help your heating system run efficiently.
Replace Your Windows
Windows are a common way that heat can seep out your home, so think about 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 verify you’re doing anything you can to keep your family in good health. For the sake of your indoor air, swap out your furnace or duct air filter every quarter. This will also help your equipment run more efficiently and save you energy, which means decreasing your heating bills.
Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System
If your system is older than ten years, it’s probably not nearly as energy-efficient as upgraded heating systems. Before the cold hits and you’re stuck with a failing furnace or high energy bills, think about investing in an upgraded system.
Invest in a Whole-Home Humidifier
It may not seem logical, but more humidity, especially in northern climates, can make your home’s air feel warmer than it is. Joined with the other benefits of less dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier might be the ultimate addition to your heating system.
Invest in a Programmable Thermostat
We say it all the time – a programmable thermostat lowers your energy usage and bills no matter what temperature it is. A programmable thermostat will enable you to turn down your home temperature while you are out to help decrease heating costs, and increase the temperature before you even get home to provide 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 work as hard, and therefore saves you money on heating bill. Check with your local utility companies about rebates on installing or upgrading your home’s insulation.
Insulating your hot water pipes can actually help raise the temperature two or three degrees. Hot water on a lower setting? That lowers your energy use and bills – yes, please!
Get a Furnace Tune-Up
Verify your furnace is ready to keep you warm and cozy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Service Experts. Right now we are giving discounts on our heating tune ups to help make sure you stay warm and safe through the winter. Call 303-647-5749 today to schedule your seasonal tune-up or set up a no-charge in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating system.