Winter is coming. (Cue Game of Thrones music.) While you may not have to prepare quite the same way the Starks and Lannisters will, it’s still important to make sure your home is good to go for the cold. Here are a couple suggestions from Comfortech Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to get you started.
Clear Space Near Air Returns
You won’t need cold air returns in the cold season right? Wrong. Verify your air returns (the larger vents) are not restricted and that air can easily flow through them. Your cold air returns are required to help your heating equipment run efficiently.
Replace Your Windows
Windows are a common way that heat can leak out your home, so consider upgrading old or inefficient windows to help keep heat inside during the winter months.
Replace Your Home’s Air Filters
With allergy and cold season nearing, you want to make sure you’re doing all you can to keep your family from falling ill. For the well-being of your indoor air, replace your furnace or duct air filter every few months. This will also help your system run more efficiently and save you energy, which means lowering your utility bills.
Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System
If your furnace is older than 10 years, it’s probably not nearly as energy-efficient as newer furnaces. Before the winter hits and you’re stuck with a failing furnace or high energy bills, consider upgrading your system.
Buy a Whole-Home Humidifier
It may not sound right, but more humidity, especially in northern climates, can make your home’s air feel warmer than it is. Include the other benefits of reducing dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier could be the ideal addition to your heating system.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
We can’t say it enough – a programmable thermostat decreases your energy use and bills no matter what temperature it is. A programmable thermostat will let you lower your home temperature while you are away to help lower heating costs, and turn up the temperature before you even arrive home to yield the right amount of home comfort.
Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation
Having the correct amount of attic insulation helps keep heat from escaping during the winter, saving you energy because your heater doesn’t have to run as much, and therefore saves you money by decreasing your energy bills. Ask 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 two or three degrees. Hotter water on a lower setting? That decreases your energy usage and your energy bills – yes, please!
Get a Heating Tune-Up
Be sure your heating system is ready to keep your family warm and comfy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Comfortech Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. This month we are offering discounts on our seasonal tune ups to help make sure your family stays warm and safe through the cold months. Call 601-852-3105 today to schedule your seasonal tune-up or set up a free in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating system.