Winter is coming. (Cue Game of Thrones intro.) While you shouldn’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 a couple suggestions from Sunbeam Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to get you started.
Clear Space Surrounding Air Returns
You shouldn’t need cold air returns in the winter right? Wrong. Verify your air returns (the larger vents) are not restricted and that air can flow smoothly through them. Your cold air returns are required to help your furnace run efficiently.
Update Your Windows
Windows are a typical way that heat can seep out your home, so consider updating 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 from falling ill. For the well-being of your indoor air, swap out your furnace or duct air filter every three months. This will also help your equipment run more efficiently and save you energy, which means decreasing your energy bills.
Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System
If your heating equipment is older than 10 years, it’s most likely not nearly as energy-efficient as updated heating systems. Before the cold hits and you’re stuck with a faulty furnace or high utility bills, think about replacing your system.
Invest in a Whole-Home Humidifier
It may not make sense when you hear it, but increased humidity, more so in northern climates, can result in your home’s air feeling warmer than it is. Add the other benefits of reducing dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier may be the ultimate addition to your HVAC system.
Get 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 let you lower your home temperature while you are out to help lower heating costs, and raise the temperature before you even arrive home to provide the ideal amount of home comfort.
Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation
Having the correct amount of attic insulation helps trap heat in your home during the winter, lowering your energy use because your heating system doesn’t have to work as hard, and therefore saves you money by decreasing your energy bills. 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 couple of degrees. Hot water on a cooler setting? That lowers your energy use and bills – yes, please!
Get a Heating Tune-Up
Be sure your heater is ready to keep you warm and comfortable all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Sunbeam Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. Currently we are giving discounts on our fall tune ups to help make sure your family stays warm and safe through the winter. Call 716-427-6807 today to schedule your seasonal tune-up or set up a no-charge in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating system.