Winter is coming. (Signal Game of Thrones intro.) While you shouldn’t have to prepare quite the same way the Starks and Lannisters will, it’s still important to make sure your home is all set for the cold. Here are some suggestions from Midway Services to get you started.
Clear Space Around Air Returns
You won’t need cold air returns in the cooler months right? Wrong. Make sure your air returns (the bigger vents) are not restricted and that air can easily flow through them. Your cold air returns are necessary to help your heating equipment run efficiently.
Upgrade Your Windows
Windows are a usual way that heat can seep out your home, so contemplate upgrading old or inefficient windows to help retain heat inside during the cold months.
Replace Your Home’s Air Filters
With allergy and cold season coming soon, you want to be sure you’re doing all you can to keep your family from falling ill. For the health of your indoor air, replace your furnace or duct air filter every 12 weeks. This will also help your system run more efficiently and save you energy, which means lowering your utility bills.
Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System
If your heating equipment is older than 12 years, it’s almost certainly not nearly as energy-efficient as newer furnaces. Before the cooler temperature hits and you’re stuck with a malfunctioning furnace or high heating bills, discuss replacing your system.
Purchase a Whole-Home Humidifier
It may not make sense when you hear it, but more humidity, especially in northern climates, can result in your home’s air feeling warmer than it is. Joined with the other benefits of less dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier could be the ideal addition to your HVAC system.
Get a Programmable Thermostat
We say it all the time – a programmable thermostat lowers your energy usage and bills no matter what temperature it is. A programmable thermostat will allow you to turn down your home temperature while you are at work to help decrease heating costs, and increase the temperature before you even get home to give you the right amount of home comfort.
Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation
Having the ideal amount of attic insulation helps retain heat during the winter, lowering your energy use because your heating system 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.
Insulating your hot water pipes can actually help boost the temperature a few degrees. Warmer water on a lower setting? That saves you energy and money – yes, please!
Get a Precision Tune-Up
Be sure your furnace is ready to keep your home warm and comfortable all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Midway Services. Currently we are providing discounts on our heating tune ups to help make sure your family stays warm and safe through the winter. Call 727-219-2471 today to schedule your heating tune-up or set up a complimentary in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating system.