Winter is coming. (Cue Game of Thrones music.) While you shouldn’t 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 some recommendations from Neal Harris Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to get you started.
Clear Space Surrounding Air Returns
You shouldn’t need cold air returns in the winter right? Wrong. Verify your air returns (the more sizable vents) are not obstructed and that air can flow easily into them. Your cold air returns are necessary to help your furnace run efficiently.
Update Your Windows
Windows are a usual way that heat can get out of your home, so think about upgrading old or inefficient windows to help retain heat inside during the winter months.
Replace Your Home’s Air Filters
With allergy and cold season coming soon, you want to make sure you’re doing all you can to keep your family healthy. For the health of your indoor air, swap out your furnace or duct air filter every 12 weeks. This will also help your furnace run more efficiently and save you energy, which means lowering your utility bills.
Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System
If your system is older than 12 years, it’s most likely 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, think about replacing your system.
Buy a Whole-Home Humidifier
It may not sound right, but higher humidity, more so 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 ultimate addition to your heating system.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – a programmable thermostat lowers your energy usage and bills no matter what temperature it is. A programmable thermostat will allow you to lower your home temperature while you are at work to help decrease heating costs, and increase the temperature before you even make it home to provide the perfect amount of home comfort.
Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation
Having the right amount of attic insulation helps retain heat during the winter, saving you energy because your heater doesn’t have to work as hard, and therefore saves you money by decreasing your energy bills. Ask your local utility companies about rebates on installing or upgrading your home’s insulation.
Insulating your hot water pipes can actually help increase the temperature a few degrees. Warmer water on a lower setting? That saves you energy and money – yes, please!
Get a Heating Tune-Up
Verify your furnace is ready to keep your family warm and cozy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Neal Harris Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. Right now we are giving discounts on our heating tune ups to help make sure you stay warm and safe through the winter. Call 816-787-0500 today to schedule your Precision tune-up or set up a free in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient HVAC system.