Winter is coming. (In comes Game of Thrones music.) While you probably won’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 few tips from Peitz Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to get you started.
Clear Space Surrounding Air Returns
You won’t need cold air returns in the winter right? Wrong. Verify your air returns (the more sizable vents) are not restricted and that air can easily flow through them. Your cold air returns are necessary to help your furnace run efficiently.
Upgrade Your Windows
Windows are a typical way that heat can escape your home, so consider updating old or inefficient windows to help retain heat inside during the cooler months.
Replace Your Home’s Air Filters
With allergy and cold season nearing, you want to be sure you’re doing everything you can to keep your family in good health. For the health 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 heating equipment is older than 10 years, it’s most likely not nearly as energy-efficient as newer equipment. Before the cold hits and you’re stuck with a failing furnace or high energy bills, discuss investing in an upgraded system.
Buy a Whole-Home Humidifier
It may not sound right, but increased humidity, more so in northern climates, can make your home’s air feel warmer than it is. Add the other benefits of less dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier might be the perfect addition to your heating system.
Get a Programmable Thermostat
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – a programmable thermostat saves you energy and money no matter what time of year it is. A programmable thermostat will allow you to lower your home temperature while you are out to help lower heating costs, and turn up the temperature before you even get home to give you the ideal amount of home comfort.
Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation
Having the ideal amount of attic insulation helps trap heat in your home during the winter, decreasing your energy usage because your furnace doesn’t have to operate as much, and therefore saves you money by lowering your heating costs. Ask your local utility companies about rebates for upgrading or installing your attic insulation.
Insulating your hot water pipes can actually help raise the temperature a couple of degrees. Warmer water on a lower setting? That saves you energy and money – yes, please!
Get a Heating Tune-Up
Make sure your heater is ready to keep your family warm and cozy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Peitz Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. Currently we are giving discounts on our fall tune ups to help make sure you stay warm and safe through the winter. Call 605-223-0307 today to schedule your seasonal tune-up or set up a no-charge in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating system.