Winter is coming. (In comes Game of Thrones music.) While you may not 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 a few tips from Epperson Service Experts to get you started.
Clear Space Near Air Returns
You shouldn’t need cold air returns in the cold season right? Wrong. Verify your air returns (the more sizable 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 common way that heat can seep out your home, so consider replacing old or inefficient windows to help trap heat inside during the cooler months.
Replace Your Home’s Air Filters
With cold and flu season coming soon, you want to make sure you’re doing all you can to keep your family healthy. For the sake of your indoor air, make sure you’re replacing your furnace or duct air filter every quarter. This will also help your furnace run more efficiently and save you energy, which means decreasing your heating bills.
Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System
If your heating equipment is older than 12 years, it’s most likely not nearly as energy-efficient as upgraded furnaces. Before the winter hits and you’re stuck with a faulty furnace or high energy bills, discuss replacing your system.
Purchase a Whole-Home Humidifier
It may not sound right, but increased humidity, particularly in northern climates, can cause your home’s air to feel warmer than it actually 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.
Get a Programmable Thermostat
We say it all the time – a programmable thermostat saves you energy and money no matter what time of year it is. A programmable thermostat will allow you to turn down your home temperature while you are away to help decrease heating costs, and turn up the temperature before you even arrive home to yield the ideal amount of home comfort.
Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation
Having the ideal amount of attic insulation helps trap heat in your home during the winter, lowering your energy use because your heater doesn’t have to run as much, and therefore saves you money by lowering your heating costs. Inquire with your local utility companies about rebates for upgrading or installing your attic insulation.
Insulating your hot water pipes can actually help raise the temperature a couple of degrees. Hot water on a lower setting? That saves you energy and money – yes, please!
Get a Furnace Tune-Up
Make sure your furnace is ready to keep your family warm and comfortable all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Epperson Service Experts. This month we are providing discounts on our fall tune ups to help make sure you stay warm and safe through the winter. Call 843-619-3781 today to schedule your Precision tune-up or set up a no-charge in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating system.