Winter is coming. (Signal Game of Thrones intro.) 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 couple suggestions from Strand Brothers 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 easily flow through them. Your cold air returns are necessary to help your heating system run efficiently.
Update Your Windows
Windows are a usual way that heat can leak out your home, so consider replacing old or inefficient windows to help trap heat inside during the cooler months.
Replace Your Home’s Air Filters
With cold and flu season quickly approaching, you want to make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep your family in good health. For the well-being of your indoor air, replace your furnace or duct air filter every 12 weeks. This will also help your furnace run more efficiently and save you energy, which means decreasing your utility bills.
Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System
If your furnace is older than ten years, it’s almost certainly not nearly as energy-efficient as upgraded furnaces. Before the cold hits and you’re stuck with a failing furnace or high utility bills, consider upgrading your system.
Purchase a Whole-Home Humidifier
It may not make sense when you hear it, but higher humidity, particularly in northern climates, can cause your home’s air to feel warmer than it actually is. Include the other benefits of decreasing dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier could be the ideal addition to your heating system.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – a programmable thermostat saves you energy and money no matter what time of year it is. A programmable thermostat will let you decrease your home temperature while you are away to help decrease heating costs, and increase the temperature before you even get 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, saving you energy because your furnace doesn’t have to operate as much, and therefore saves you money on heating bill. Ask your local utility companies about rebates for upgrading or installing your attic insulation.
Insulating your hot water pipes can actually help raise the temperature two or three degrees. Warmer water on a cooler setting? That lowers your energy use and bills – yes, please!
Get a Heating Tune-Up
Make sure your furnace is ready to keep your family warm and comfy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Strand Brothers Service Experts. This month we are offering discounts on our seasonal tune ups to help make sure your home stays warm and safe all winter long. Call 512-592-3072 today to schedule your Precision tune-up or set up a free in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating system.