Winter is coming. (Cue Game of Thrones music.) While you may not have to prepare quite the same way the Starks and Lannisters will, it’s still important to make sure your home is good to go for the cold. Here are some suggestions from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to get you started.
Clear Space Surrounding Air Returns
You don’t need cold air returns in the winter right? Wrong. Make sure your air returns (the bigger vents) are not obstructed and that air can easily flow through them. Your cold air returns are needed to help your heating equipment run efficiently.
Update Your Windows
Windows are a typical way that heat can seep out your home, so contemplate updating old or inefficient windows to help retain heat inside during the winter 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 healthy. For the well-being 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 utility bills.
Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System
If your furnace is older than 10 years, it’s almost certainly not nearly as energy-efficient as updated heating systems. Before the cooler temperature hits and you’re stuck with a failing furnace or high energy bills, discuss investing in an upgraded system.
Invest in a Whole-Home Humidifier
It may not make sense when you hear it, but more humidity, more so in northern climates, can result in your home’s air feeling warmer than it is. Joined with the other benefits of decreasing dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier could be the ideal 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 decreases your energy use and bills no matter what temperature it is. A programmable thermostat will allow you to turn down your home temperature while you are at work to help decrease heating costs, and turn up the temperature before you even make it home to give you the perfect amount of home comfort.
Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation
Having the right amount of attic insulation helps retain heat during the winter, lowering your energy use because your heating system doesn’t have to work as hard, and therefore saves you money by lowering your heating costs. Ask 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 raise the temperature two or three degrees. Hotter water on a cooler setting? That lowers your energy use and bills – yes, please!
Get a Furnace Tune-Up
Verify your heating system is ready to keep your family warm and comfortable all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Service Experts. Currently we are providing discounts on our fall tune ups to help make sure you stay warm and safe through the cold months. Call 901-235-1196 today to schedule your heating tune-up or set up a free in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating and cooling system.