Winter is coming. (Cue Game of Thrones theme.) While you shouldn’t have to prepare quite the same way the Starks and Lannisters will, it’s still important to make sure your home is all set for the cold. Here are a few recommendations from Atmostemp Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to get you started.
Clear Space Near Air Returns
You won’t need cold air returns in the winter right? Wrong. Make sure your air returns (the bigger vents) are not blocked and that air can flow easily into them. Your cold air returns are required to help your heating equipment run efficiently.
Replace Your Windows
Windows are a usual way that heat can seep out your home, so think about updating old or inefficient windows to help retain heat inside during the cooler months.
Replace Your Home’s Air Filters
With sick season quickly approaching, you want to make sure you’re doing anything you can to keep your family from falling ill. For the sake of your indoor air, replace your furnace or duct air filter every quarter. This will also help your system run more efficiently and save you energy, which means saving you money on energy bills.
Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System
If your furnace is older than ten years, it’s probably not nearly as energy-efficient as upgraded equipment. Before the winter hits and you’re stuck with a failing furnace or high heating bills, think about investing in an upgraded system.
Invest in a Whole-Home Humidifier
It may not seem logical, but more humidity, more so in northern climates, can result in your home’s air feeling warmer than it is. Include the other benefits of reducing dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier may be the perfect addition to your HVAC system.
Invest in a Programmable Thermostat
We say it all the time – a programmable thermostat lowers your energy usage and bills no matter what temperature it is. A programmable thermostat will enable you to turn down your home temperature while you are out to help decrease heating costs, and turn up the temperature before you even get 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 heating system doesn’t have to work as hard, 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.
If you insulate your hot water pipes, it can actually help boost the temperature a few degrees. Hotter water on a decreased setting? That decreases your energy usage and your energy bills – yes, please!
Get a Furnace Tune-Up
Be sure your heater is ready to keep your home warm and cozy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Atmostemp Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. Currently we are offering discounts on our seasonal tune ups to help make sure you stay warm and safe through the winter. Call 856-310-4824 today to schedule your seasonal tune-up or set up a complimentary in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating system.