Winter is coming. (Cue Game of Thrones theme.) 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 a few tips from Fras-Air/General Service Experts to get you started.
Clear Space Near Air Returns
You don’t need cold air returns in the cold season right? Wrong. Verify your air returns (the more sizable vents) are not restricted and that air can flow easily into them. Your cold air returns are necessary to help your furnace run efficiently.
Upgrade Your Windows
Windows are a typical way that heat can escape your home, so think about updating old or inefficient windows to help trap heat inside during the winter months.
Replace Your Home’s Air Filters
With cold and flu season nearing, you want to make sure you’re doing all you can to keep your family healthy. For the well-being of your indoor air, replace your furnace or duct air filter every 12 weeks. This will also help your furnace run more efficiently and save you energy, which means saving you money on heating bills.
Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System
If your furnace is older than 12 years, it’s almost certainly not nearly as energy-efficient as updated equipment. Before the cooler temperature hits and you’re stuck with a failing furnace or high energy bills, consider replacing your system.
Buy a Whole-Home Humidifier
It may not make sense when you hear it, but more humidity, particularly 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 may be the perfect addition to your heating system.
Get 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 season it is. A programmable thermostat will enable you to decrease your home temperature while you are away to help reduce heating costs, and turn up the temperature before you even arrive home to provide the right 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 by lowering your heating costs. Check 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 raise the temperature a couple of degrees. Hotter water on a decreased setting? That lowers your energy use and bills – yes, please!
Get a Heating Tune-Up
Be sure your heater is ready to keep your home warm and comfortable all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Fras-Air/General Service Experts. Currently we are offering discounts on our seasonal tune ups to help make sure you stay warm and safe through the winter. Call 908-448-2154 today to schedule your heating tune-up or set up a free in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating and cooling system.