Winter is coming. (In comes Game of Thrones intro.) While you shouldn’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 recommendations from Strogen's Service Experts to get you started.
Clear Space Near Air Returns
You won’t need cold air returns in the winter right? Wrong. Verify 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.
Replace Your Windows
Windows are a typical way that heat can leak out your home, so think about upgrading old or inefficient windows to help retain heat inside during the cooler months.
Replace Your Home’s Air Filters
With allergy and cold season nearing, you want to be sure you’re doing anything you can to keep your family from falling ill. For the health of your indoor air, make sure you’re replacing your furnace or duct air filter every quarter. This will also help your equipment run more efficiently and save you energy, which means decreasing your heating bills.
Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System
If your furnace is older than 10 years, it’s most likely not nearly as energy-efficient as updated furnaces. Before the cold hits and you’re stuck with a faulty furnace or high heating bills, think about replacing your system.
Invest in a Whole-Home Humidifier
It may not seem logical, but higher humidity, especially in northern climates, can cause your home’s air to feel warmer than it actually is. Joined with the other benefits of reducing dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier might be the ultimate addition to your heating system.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
We say it all the time – a programmable thermostat lowers your energy usage and bills no matter what season it is. A programmable thermostat will allow you to lower your home temperature while you are out to help lower heating costs, and turn up the temperature before you even make it home to yield the ideal amount of home comfort.
Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation
Having the correct amount of attic insulation helps trap heat in your home during the winter, decreasing your energy usage because your furnace doesn’t have to work as hard, and therefore saves you money on heating bill. Ask your local utility companies about rebates for upgrading or installing your attic insulation.
If you insulate your hot water pipes, it can actually help increase the temperature a couple of degrees. Hotter water on a decreased setting? That lowers your energy use and bills – yes, please!
Get a Furnace Tune-Up
Verify your furnace is ready to keep your family warm and comfortable all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Strogen's Service Experts. Currently we are providing discounts on our fall tune ups to help make sure your family stays warm and safe through the winter. Call 603-923-4570 today to schedule your seasonal tune-up or set up a free in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating system.