Winter is coming. (In comes Game of Thrones theme.) While you probably won’t have to prepare quite the same way the Starks and Lannisters will, it’s still essential to make sure your home is good to go for the cold. Here are some tips from Roland J. Down 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. Confirm your air returns (the bigger vents) are not obstructed and that air can flow smoothly through 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 get out of your home, so contemplate updating old or inefficient windows to help retain heat inside during the cold months.
Replace Your Home’s Air Filters
With allergy and cold season nearing, 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, make sure you’re replacing your furnace or duct air filter every three months. This will also help your system run more efficiently and save you energy, which means lowering your heating bills.
Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System
If your system is older than 10 years, it’s probably not nearly as energy-efficient as upgraded furnaces. Before the cold hits and you’re stuck with a failing 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 more humidity, especially in northern climates, can result in your home’s air feeling warmer than it is. Add the other benefits of less dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier may be the perfect addition to your heat and air system.
Invest in 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 allow you to turn down your home temperature while you are away to help reduce heating costs, and raise the temperature before you even get home to yield the ideal amount of home comfort.
Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation
Having the ideal amount of attic insulation helps keep heat from escaping during the winter, decreasing your energy usage because your heating system doesn’t have to work as hard, and therefore saves you money by lowering your heating costs. Inquire 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 few degrees. Hotter water on a lower setting? That decreases your energy usage and your energy bills – yes, please!
Get a Furnace Tune-Up
Verify your heating system is ready to keep your home warm and cozy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. Currently we are providing discounts on our seasonal tune ups to help make sure you stay warm and safe all winter long. Call 518-417-2938 today to schedule your Precision tune-up or set up a no-charge in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating system.