Winter is coming. (Signal 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 good to go for the cold. Here are some tips from Broad Ripple Service Experts to get you started.
Clear Space Around Air Returns
You don’t need cold air returns in the cooler months right? Wrong. Confirm your air returns (the more sizable vents) are not blocked and that air can flow easily into them. Your cold air returns are required to help your heating equipment run efficiently.
Replace Your Windows
Windows are a typical way that heat can seep out your home, so consider replacing old or inefficient windows to help keep heat inside during the cooler months.
Replace Your Home’s Air Filters
With cold and flu season coming soon, you want to be sure you’re doing all you can to keep your family healthy. For the health of your indoor air, replace your furnace or duct air filter every three months. This will also help your system run more efficiently and save you energy, which means lowering your energy bills.
Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System
If your heating equipment is older than ten years, it’s almost certainly not nearly as energy-efficient as newer furnaces. Before the winter hits and you’re stuck with a malfunctioning furnace or high energy bills, consider replacing your system.
Invest in a Whole-Home Humidifier
It may not sound right, but more humidity, more so in northern climates, can result in your home’s air feeling warmer than it is. Add the other benefits of less dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier may be the perfect addition to your heat and air system.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
We can’t say it enough – a programmable thermostat decreases your energy use and bills no matter what temperature it is. A programmable thermostat will enable 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 perfect amount of home comfort.
Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation
Having the right amount of attic insulation helps trap heat in your home during the winter, saving you energy because your heating system doesn’t have to run as much, and therefore saves you money by decreasing your energy bills. Check with your local utility companies about rebates for installing or upgrading your attic insulation.
Insulating your hot water pipes can actually help raise the temperature a couple of degrees. Warmer water on a cooler setting? That saves you energy and money – yes, please!
Get a Furnace Tune-Up
Make sure your heating system is ready to keep your home warm and comfortable all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Broad Ripple Service Experts. Currently we are providing discounts on our heating tune ups to help make sure your home stays warm and safe all winter long. Call 317-527-0271 today to schedule your Precision tune-up or set up a no-charge in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient HVAC system.