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 essential to make sure your home is all set for the cold. Here are some recommendations from Boehmers/Cronin Emery Service Experts to get you started.
Clear Space Near Air Returns
You won’t need cold air returns in the cold season right? Wrong. Verify your air returns (the larger vents) are not restricted and that air can easily flow through them. Your cold air returns are required to help your furnace run efficiently.
Upgrade Your Windows
Windows are a typical way that heat can get out of your home, so contemplate updating old or inefficient windows to help keep heat inside during the cold months.
Replace Your Home’s Air Filters
With allergy and cold season coming soon, you want to make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep your family from falling ill. For the sake of your indoor air, make sure you’re replacing your furnace or duct air filter every few months. This will also help your furnace run more efficiently and save you energy, which means saving you money on energy bills.
Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System
If your heating equipment is older than ten years, it’s most likely not nearly as energy-efficient as updated furnaces. Before the winter hits and you’re stuck with a faulty furnace or high energy bills, consider investing in an upgraded system.
Invest in a Whole-Home Humidifier
It may not make sense when you hear it, but higher humidity, more so in northern climates, can cause your home’s air to feel warmer than it actually is. Add the other benefits of decreasing dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier could be the ultimate addition to your heat and air system.
Invest in a Programmable Thermostat
We say it all the time – a programmable thermostat saves you energy and money no matter what season it is. A programmable thermostat will let you turn down your home temperature while you are away to help decrease heating costs, and raise the temperature before you even arrive home to provide the perfect amount of home comfort.
Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation
Having the right amount of attic insulation helps retain heat during the winter, lowering your energy use because your heating system doesn’t have to operate as much, and therefore saves you money by lowering your heating costs. Inquire with your local utility companies about rebates on installing or upgrading your home’s insulation.
Insulating your hot water pipes can actually help raise the temperature a couple of degrees. Hot water on a decreased setting? That decreases your energy usage and your energy bills – yes, please!
Get a Furnace Tune-Up
Be sure your furnace is ready to keep your home warm and cozy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Boehmers/Cronin Emery Service Experts. Right now we are offering discounts on our seasonal tune ups to help make sure you stay warm and safe all winter long. Call 519-804-1617 today to schedule your seasonal tune-up or set up a no-charge in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating system.