Winter is coming. (Cue Game of Thrones intro.) 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 recommendations from Comfort Masters Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to get you started.
Clear Space Surrounding Air Returns
You won’t need cold air returns in the cooler months right? Wrong. Confirm your air returns (the bigger vents) are not blocked and that air can flow easily into them. Your cold air returns are needed to help your furnace run efficiently.
Upgrade Your Windows
Windows are a typical way that heat can get out of your home, so contemplate upgrading old or inefficient windows to help keep heat inside during the winter months.
Replace Your Home’s Air Filters
With sick 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, make sure you’re replacing your furnace or duct air filter every quarter. This will also help your system run more efficiently and save you energy, which means saving you money on energy bills.
Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System
If your furnace is older than 12 years, it’s most likely not nearly as energy-efficient as newer heating systems. Before the winter hits and you’re stuck with a faulty furnace or high energy bills, think about replacing your 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 make your home’s air feel warmer than it is. Joined with the other benefits of decreasing dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier might be the ideal addition to your heating system.
Get a Programmable Thermostat
We can’t say it enough – a programmable thermostat lowers your energy usage and bills no matter what temperature it is. A programmable thermostat will let you decrease your home temperature while you are at work to help decrease heating costs, and increase the temperature before you even get home to yield the ideal amount of home comfort.
Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation
Having the ideal amount of attic insulation helps retain heat during the winter, saving you energy because your furnace doesn’t have to run as much, and therefore saves you money by decreasing your energy bills. Ask your local utility companies about rebates for upgrading or installing your attic insulation.
By insulating your plumbing pipes, especially hot water pipes, you can actually help increase the temperature two or three degrees. Hotter water on a lower setting? That saves you energy and money – yes, please!
Get a Precision 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 Comfort Masters Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. Right now we are giving discounts on our seasonal tune ups to help make sure your family stays warm and safe through the cold months. Call 847-250-6729 today to schedule your Precision tune-up or set up a free in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating system.