Winter is coming. (In comes Game of Thrones intro.) While you may not 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 couple recommendations from All American Air Service Experts to get you started.
Clear Space Around Air Returns
You won’t need cold air returns in the winter right? Wrong. Make sure your air returns (the more sizable vents) are not blocked and that air can flow easily into them. Your cold air returns are needed to help your heating equipment run efficiently.
Update Your Windows
Windows are a common way that heat can leak out your home, so consider replacing old or inefficient windows to help trap 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 everything you can to keep your family healthy. For the sake of your indoor air, swap out your furnace or duct air filter every few months. This will also help your system run more efficiently and save you energy, which means decreasing your utility bills.
Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System
If your system is older than 12 years, it’s almost certainly not nearly as energy-efficient as upgraded furnaces. Before the cold hits and you’re stuck with a failing furnace or high heating bills, discuss investing in an upgraded system.
Invest in a Whole-Home Humidifier
It may not make sense when you hear it, but higher humidity, particularly in northern climates, can result in your home’s air feeling warmer than it is. Include the other benefits of decreasing dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier could be the ideal addition to your heating system.
Get a Programmable Thermostat
We can’t say it enough – a programmable thermostat decreases your energy use and bills no matter what temperature it is. A programmable thermostat will let you turn down your home temperature while you are at work to help decrease heating costs, and turn up the temperature before you even arrive home to yield the ideal amount of home comfort.
Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation
Having the correct amount of attic insulation helps keep heat from escaping during the winter, lowering your energy use because your furnace doesn’t have to operate as much, and therefore saves you money on heating bill. 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 two or three degrees. Warmer water on a decreased setting? That decreases your energy usage and your energy bills – yes, please!
Get a Furnace Tune-Up
Make sure your furnace is ready to keep your home warm and cozy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from All American Air Service Experts. Right now we are offering discounts on our seasonal tune ups to help make sure your home stays warm and safe through the winter. Call 386-310-2061 today to schedule your heating tune-up or set up a complimentary in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating system.