Winter is coming. (In comes Game of Thrones theme.) 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 all set for the cold. Here are a few recommendations from Golden Seal Service Experts to get you started.
Clear Space Near Air Returns
You don’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 required to help your heating system run efficiently.
Upgrade Your Windows
Windows are a typical way that heat can get out of your home, so contemplate upgrading old or inefficient windows to help keep heat inside during the winter 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 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 heating 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 furnaces. Before the cooler temperature 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 increased humidity, particularly in northern climates, can make your home’s air feel warmer than it is. Add the other benefits of less dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier could be the ultimate addition to your heating system.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – a programmable thermostat decreases your energy use and bills no matter what time of year it is. A programmable thermostat will enable you to decrease your home temperature while you are away to help lower heating costs, and turn up 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 heater doesn’t have to run as much, and therefore saves you money by lowering your heating costs. 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 increase the temperature a few 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. This month we are providing discounts on our seasonal tune ups to help make sure you stay warm and safe through the winter. Call 630-246-2698 today to schedule your seasonal tune-up or set up a no-charge in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient HVAC system.