Winter is coming. (In comes Game of Thrones intro.) While you shouldn’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 some tips from D&K Home Services by Enercare to get you started.
Clear Space Around Air Returns
You don’t need cold air returns in the cooler months right? Wrong. Verify your air returns (the bigger vents) are not blocked and that air can flow easily into 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 cooler months.
Replace Your Home’s Air Filters
With allergy and cold season nearing, you want to verify you’re doing anything you can to keep your family healthy. For the well-being of your indoor air, swap out your furnace or duct air filter every three months. 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 almost certainly not nearly as energy-efficient as updated equipment. Before the cold hits and you’re stuck with a failing furnace or high energy bills, discuss upgrading your system.
Purchase a Whole-Home Humidifier
It may not make sense when you hear it, but more humidity, particularly in northern climates, can make your home’s air feel warmer than it is. Include the other benefits of less dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier may be the ideal addition to your HVAC system.
Invest in 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 enable you to lower your home temperature while you are away to help lower heating costs, and increase the temperature before you even arrive home to give you the right amount of home comfort.
Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation
Having the correct 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 by decreasing your energy bills. Ask your local utility companies about rebates for upgrading or installing your attic insulation.
Insulating your hot water pipes can actually help raise 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 you warm and comfy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from D & K Home Services. This month we are giving discounts on our seasonal tune ups to help make sure you stay warm and safe through the winter. Call 613-707-2421 today to schedule your heating tune-up or set up a complimentary in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating system.