Winter is coming. (In comes Game of Thrones intro.) 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 ready for the cold. Here are a couple recommendations from D.A. Bennett Service Experts to get you started.
Clear Space Near Air Returns
You shouldn’t need cold air returns in the winter right? Wrong. Confirm your air returns (the bigger vents) are not blocked and that air can easily flow through them. Your cold air returns are needed to help your furnace run efficiently.
Update Your Windows
Windows are a usual way that heat can seep out your home, so contemplate replacing old or inefficient windows to help keep heat inside during the cold months.
Replace Your Home’s Air Filters
With cold and flu season nearing, you want to make sure you’re doing all you can to keep your family healthy. 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 system run more efficiently and save you energy, which means saving you money on energy bills.
Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System
If your system is older than 10 years, it’s probably not nearly as energy-efficient as upgraded furnaces. Before the cooler temperature hits and you’re stuck with a malfunctioning furnace or high utility bills, think about upgrading your system.
Invest in a Whole-Home Humidifier
It may not make sense when you hear it, but increased humidity, more so in northern climates, can result in your home’s air feeling warmer than it is. Joined with the other benefits of reducing dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier may be the ultimate addition to your HVAC system.
Get a Programmable Thermostat
We can’t say it enough – a programmable thermostat lowers your energy usage and bills no matter what time of year it is. A programmable thermostat will let you lower your home temperature while you are at work to help reduce heating costs, and increase the temperature before you even make it home to give you the ideal amount of home comfort.
Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation
Having the ideal amount of attic insulation helps keep heat from escaping during the winter, lowering your energy use because your furnace doesn’t have to run as much, and therefore saves you money by decreasing your energy bills. Ask your local utility companies about rebates for upgrading or installing your attic insulation.
By insulating your plumbing pipes, especially hot water pipes, you can actually help raise the temperature a couple of degrees. Hot water on a lower setting? That lowers your energy use and bills – yes, please!
Get a Precision Tune-Up
Verify your heating system is ready to keep your home warm and comfortable all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from D.A. Bennett Service Experts. Currently we are providing discounts on our seasonal tune ups to help make sure your family stays warm and safe through the winter. Call 518-205-3324 today to schedule your seasonal tune-up or set up a no-charge in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient HVAC system.