Winter is coming. (Signal Game of Thrones music.) 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 all set for the cold. Here are a few suggestions from Knochelmann 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. Confirm your air returns (the bigger vents) are not restricted and that air can flow easily into them. Your cold air returns are needed to help your heating system run efficiently.
Upgrade Your Windows
Windows are a typical way that heat can escape your home, so contemplate upgrading old or inefficient windows to help keep heat inside during the winter months.
Replace Your Home’s Air Filters
With cold and flu season quickly approaching, you want to make sure you’re doing all you can to keep your family in good health. For the sake 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 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 upgraded equipment. Before the cold hits and you’re stuck with a faulty furnace or high energy bills, consider investing in an upgraded system.
Purchase a Whole-Home Humidifier
It may not seem logical, but higher humidity, more so in northern climates, can result in your home’s air feeling warmer than it is. Add the other benefits of less dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier may be the perfect addition to your HVAC system.
Invest in a Programmable Thermostat
We say it all the time – a programmable thermostat decreases your energy use and bills no matter what season it is. A programmable thermostat will enable you to lower your home temperature while you are at work to help lower heating costs, and raise the temperature before you even arrive home to give you the right amount of home comfort.
Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation
Having the correct amount of attic insulation helps retain heat during the winter, saving you energy because your heating system doesn’t have to operate as much, 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.
Insulating your hot water pipes can actually help raise the temperature a couple of degrees. Warmer water on a cooler setting? That lowers your energy use and bills – yes, please!
Get a Furnace Tune-Up
Make sure your furnace is ready to keep you warm and comfy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Knochelmann Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. Currently we are providing discounts on our seasonal tune ups to help make sure your home stays warm and safe through the winter. Call 859-905-0834 today to schedule your heating tune-up or set up a free in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating system.