Winter is coming. (Cue Game of Thrones intro.) While you may not have to prepare quite the same way the Starks and Lannisters will, it’s still essential to make sure your home is ready for the cold. Here are a few suggestions from A-PLUS Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to get you started.
Clear Space Surrounding Air Returns
You don’t need cold air returns in the cold season right? Wrong. Make sure your air returns (the bigger vents) are not blocked and that air can flow easily into them. Your cold air returns are necessary to help your heating equipment run efficiently.
Update Your Windows
Windows are a typical way that heat can get out of your home, so think about updating old or inefficient windows to help trap heat inside during the cooler months.
Replace Your Home’s Air Filters
With sick season coming soon, you want to make sure you’re doing everything 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 quarter. This will also help your furnace run more efficiently and save you energy, which means lowering your energy 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 upgraded furnaces. Before the winter hits and you’re stuck with a malfunctioning furnace or high energy bills, consider investing in an upgraded system.
Purchase a Whole-Home Humidifier
It may not sound right, but increased humidity, especially in northern climates, can cause your home’s air to feel warmer than it actually is. Add the other benefits of less dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier may be the ultimate addition to your HVAC system.
Invest in a Programmable Thermostat
We can’t say it enough – a programmable thermostat decreases your energy use and bills no matter what season it is. A programmable thermostat will allow you to decrease your home temperature while you are out to help decrease heating costs, and raise the temperature before you even get home to yield the perfect amount of home comfort.
Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation
Having the right amount of attic insulation helps retain heat during the winter, decreasing your energy usage because your heater doesn’t have to run as much, and therefore saves you money by lowering your heating costs. Check with your local utility companies about rebates for installing or upgrading your attic insulation.
By insulating your plumbing pipes, especially hot water pipes, you can actually help boost the temperature two or three degrees. Hotter water on a decreased setting? That saves you energy and money – yes, please!
Get a Heating Tune-Up
Be sure your heater is ready to keep your home warm and cozy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from A-PLUS Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. Currently we are providing discounts on our seasonal tune ups to help make sure your family stays warm and safe all winter long. Call 301-747-3140 today to schedule your heating tune-up or set up a no-charge in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating and cooling system.