Winter is coming. (In comes Game of Thrones theme.) While you probably won’t 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 some recommendations from Golden Seal Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to get you started.
Clear Space Around Air Returns
You won’t need cold air returns in the cooler months right? Wrong. Make sure your air returns (the larger vents) are not blocked and that air can flow smoothly through them. Your cold air returns are needed to help your furnace run efficiently.
Upgrade Your Windows
Windows are a common way that heat can get out of your home, so contemplate upgrading old or inefficient windows to help trap 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 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 three months. This will also help your equipment run more efficiently and save you energy, which means lowering your energy bills.
Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System
If your heating equipment is older than 12 years, it’s almost certainly not nearly as energy-efficient as updated heating systems. Before the cooler temperature hits and you’re stuck with a failing furnace or high utility bills, discuss upgrading your system.
Buy a Whole-Home Humidifier
It may not make sense when you hear it, but increased humidity, particularly 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 may be the ultimate addition to your HVAC system.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
We can’t say it enough – a programmable thermostat decreases your energy use and bills no matter what time of year it is. A programmable thermostat will enable you to lower your home temperature while you are away to help reduce heating costs, and turn up the temperature before you even make it home to give you the right amount of home comfort.
Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation
Having the right amount of attic insulation helps keep heat from escaping during the winter, lowering your energy use because your furnace 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.
By insulating your plumbing pipes, especially hot water pipes, you can actually help raise the temperature two or three degrees. Hot water on a cooler setting? That decreases your energy usage and your energy bills – yes, please!
Get a Heating Tune-Up
Make sure your heating system is ready to keep your home warm and cozy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Golden Seal Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. This month we are providing discounts on our seasonal tune ups to help make sure your family stays warm and safe through the winter. Call 630-246-2698 today to schedule your Precision tune-up or set up a no-charge in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient HVAC system.