Winter is coming. (Cue 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 ready for the cold. Here are a few suggestions from TML Service Experts to get you started.
Clear Space Around Air Returns
You won’t need cold air returns in the cold season 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 needed to help your heating equipment run efficiently.
Upgrade Your Windows
Windows are a usual way that heat can escape your home, so consider upgrading old or inefficient windows to help keep heat inside during the cooler months.
Replace Your Home’s Air Filters
With sick season nearing, you want to verify you’re doing anything you can to keep your family healthy. For the well-being of your indoor air, replace your furnace or duct air filter every quarter. This will also help your furnace 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 most likely not nearly as energy-efficient as updated furnaces. Before the cold hits and you’re stuck with a failing furnace or high heating bills, discuss upgrading your system.
Buy a Whole-Home Humidifier
It may not make sense when you hear it, but more humidity, more so in northern climates, can make your home’s air feel warmer than it is. Add the other benefits of decreasing dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier could be the perfect addition to your heat and air system.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
We say it all the time – a programmable thermostat saves you energy and money no matter what season it is. A programmable thermostat will enable 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 yield the perfect amount of home comfort.
Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation
Having the correct amount of attic insulation helps keep heat from escaping during the winter, lowering your energy use because your heater doesn’t have to run as much, and therefore saves you money by decreasing your energy bills. Inquire with your local utility companies about rebates for upgrading or installing your attic insulation.
If you insulate your hot water pipes, it can actually help increase the temperature two or three degrees. Hot water on a cooler setting? That saves you energy and money – yes, please!
Get a Precision Tune-Up
Be sure your heating system is ready to keep your family warm and cozy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from TML Service Experts. Right now we are giving discounts on our fall tune ups to help make sure your family stays warm and safe through the winter. Call 208-488-4892 today to schedule your seasonal tune-up or set up a no-charge in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient HVAC system.