Winter is coming. (In comes Game of Thrones intro.) While you probably won’t have to prepare quite the same way the Starks and Lannisters will, it’s still crucial to make sure your home is ready for the cold. Here are a few suggestions from Wesley Wood Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to get you started.
Clear Space Surrounding Air Returns
You won’t need cold air returns in the cold season right? Wrong. Confirm your air returns (the larger vents) are not blocked and that air can easily flow through them. Your cold air returns are needed to help your heating system run efficiently.
Update Your Windows
Windows are a usual way that heat can seep out your home, so contemplate updating old or inefficient windows to help keep heat inside during the cold months.
Replace Your Home’s Air Filters
With allergy and cold season quickly approaching, you want to make sure you’re doing anything you can to keep your family from falling ill. For the well-being of your indoor air, make sure you’re replacing your furnace or duct air filter every 12 weeks. This will also help your furnace run more efficiently and save you energy, which means decreasing 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 winter hits and you’re stuck with a failing furnace or high utility bills, consider upgrading your system.
Purchase a Whole-Home Humidifier
It may not make sense when you hear it, but higher humidity, particularly in northern climates, can make your home’s air feel warmer than it is. Add the other benefits of decreasing dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier could be the ideal addition to your heat and air 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 season it is. A programmable thermostat will let you turn down your home temperature while you are at work to help lower heating costs, and increase the temperature before you even get home to provide the right amount of home comfort.
Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation
Having the ideal amount of attic insulation helps retain heat during the winter, decreasing your energy usage because your furnace doesn’t have to run 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 boost the temperature a few degrees. Hot water on a decreased setting? That decreases your energy usage and your energy bills – yes, please!
Get a Furnace Tune-Up
Make sure your heating system is ready to keep you warm and comfy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Wesley Wood Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. This month we are offering discounts on our fall tune ups to help make sure your family stays warm and safe through the cold months. Call 484-401-7577 today to schedule your seasonal tune-up or set up a no-charge in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating system.