Winter is coming. (Signal Game of Thrones intro.) While you may not 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 a couple suggestions from San Antonio Air Service Experts to get you started.
Clear Space Surrounding Air Returns
You shouldn’t need cold air returns in the cooler months right? Wrong. Verify your air returns (the larger vents) are not blocked and that air can flow easily into them. Your cold air returns are required to help your furnace run efficiently.
Upgrade Your Windows
Windows are a usual way that heat can leak out your home, so consider updating old or inefficient windows to help retain heat inside during the cold 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 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 equipment run more efficiently and save you energy, which means saving you money on utility bills.
Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System
If your furnace is older than 12 years, it’s probably not nearly as energy-efficient as newer furnaces. Before the cold hits and you’re stuck with a faulty furnace or high energy bills, consider investing in an upgraded system.
Purchase a Whole-Home Humidifier
It may not make sense when you hear it, but increased humidity, especially in northern climates, can make your home’s air feel warmer than it is. Joined with the other benefits of less dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier may be the ultimate addition to your heating system.
Get 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 let you turn down your home temperature while you are away to help reduce heating costs, and increase the temperature before you even get home to provide the perfect amount of home comfort.
Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation
Having the right amount of attic insulation helps keep heat from escaping during the winter, lowering your energy use because your furnace doesn’t have to work as hard, and therefore saves you money on heating bill. Inquire with your local utility companies about rebates for upgrading or installing your attic insulation.
Insulating your hot water pipes can actually help increase the temperature two or three degrees. Hotter water on a cooler setting? That decreases your energy usage and your energy bills – yes, please!
Get a Furnace Tune-Up
Verify your furnace is ready to keep you warm and comfortable all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from San Antonio Air Service Experts. This month we are giving discounts on our heating tune ups to help make sure you stay warm and safe through the winter. Call 210-570-9705 today to schedule your heating tune-up or set up a complimentary in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient HVAC system.