Winter is coming. (Cue Game of Thrones intro.) While you probably won’t have to prepare quite the same way the Starks and Lannisters will, it’s still crucial to make sure your home is ready for the cold. Here are a few tips from Church Services to get you started.
Clear Space Around Air Returns
You won’t need cold air returns in the cooler months right? Wrong. Confirm your air returns (the larger vents) are not obstructed and that air can flow smoothly through them. Your cold air returns are required to help your heating system run efficiently.
Update Your Windows
Windows are a common way that heat can escape your home, so contemplate upgrading old or inefficient windows to help retain heat inside during the cooler months.
Replace Your Home’s Air Filters
With sick season nearing, you want to be sure you’re doing all you can to keep your family healthy. For the health of your indoor air, make sure you’re replacing your furnace or duct air filter every 12 weeks. This will also help your system run more efficiently and save you energy, which means lowering your energy bills.
Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System
If your furnace is older than ten years, it’s most likely not nearly as energy-efficient as updated furnaces. Before the cooler temperature hits and you’re stuck with a malfunctioning furnace or high utility bills, think about replacing your system.
Purchase a Whole-Home Humidifier
It may not seem logical, but higher humidity, especially in northern climates, can result in your home’s air feeling warmer than it is. Joined with the other benefits of reducing dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier could be the perfect addition to your HVAC system.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – a programmable thermostat lowers your energy usage and bills no matter what time of year it is. A programmable thermostat will let you turn down your home temperature while you are away to help decrease heating costs, and increase the temperature before you even make it home to yield the right amount of home comfort.
Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation
Having the right amount of attic insulation helps keep heat from escaping during the winter, decreasing your energy usage because your furnace 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.
If you insulate your hot water pipes, it can actually help increase the temperature two or three degrees. Hotter water on a decreased setting? That saves you energy and money – yes, please!
Get a Furnace Tune-Up
Be sure your heater is ready to keep your family warm and comfy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Church Services. Currently we are giving discounts on our seasonal tune ups to help make sure you stay warm and safe through the cold months. Call 713-396-3760 today to schedule your heating tune-up or set up a no-charge in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating system.