Winter is coming. (In comes Game of Thrones music.) While you may not have to prepare quite the same way the Starks and Lannisters will, it’s still critical to make sure your home is good to go for the cold. Here are a couple suggestions from Chief / Bauer Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to get you started.
Clear Space Surrounding Air Returns
You shouldn’t need cold air returns in the cooler months right? Wrong. Make sure your air returns (the bigger vents) are not restricted and that air can easily flow through them. Your cold air returns are needed to help your furnace run efficiently.
Upgrade Your Windows
Windows are a usual way that heat can leak out your home, so think about updating old or inefficient windows to help retain heat inside during the cooler months.
Replace Your Home’s Air Filters
With cold and flu season quickly approaching, you want to be sure you’re doing anything you can to keep your family from falling ill. For the sake of your indoor air, make sure you’re replacing your furnace or duct air filter every three months. This will also help your furnace run more efficiently and save you energy, which means decreasing your heating bills.
Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System
If your system is older than ten years, it’s most likely not nearly as energy-efficient as upgraded equipment. Before the winter hits and you’re stuck with a faulty furnace or high utility bills, discuss investing in an upgraded system.
Buy a Whole-Home Humidifier
It may not sound right, but increased humidity, especially in northern climates, can make your home’s air feel warmer than it is. Joined with the other benefits of less dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier might be the ultimate addition to your HVAC system.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
We say it all the time – a programmable thermostat saves you energy and money no matter what time of year it is. A programmable thermostat will enable you to turn down 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 ideal 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 work as hard, and therefore saves you money on heating bill. Ask 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 a few degrees. Hot water on a lower setting? That decreases your energy usage and your energy bills – yes, please!
Get a Precision 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 Chief / Bauer Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. This month we are offering discounts on our heating tune ups to help make sure your home stays warm and safe all winter long. Call 217-689-2469 today to schedule your heating tune-up or set up a no-charge in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating system.