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 crucial to make sure your home is ready for the cold. Here are a couple tips from Gordon's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to get you started.
Clear Space Surrounding Air Returns
You don’t need cold air returns in the cooler months right? Wrong. Verify your air returns (the bigger vents) are not obstructed and that air can easily flow through them. Your cold air returns are required to help your furnace run efficiently.
Replace Your Windows
Windows are a typical way that heat can leak out your home, so consider updating old or inefficient windows to help retain heat inside during the cold months.
Replace Your Home’s Air Filters
With cold and flu season quickly approaching, you want to verify you’re doing all you can to keep your family from falling ill. For the sake of your indoor air, replace your furnace or duct air filter every quarter. This will also help your system run more efficiently and save you energy, which means lowering your heating bills.
Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System
If your system is older than 10 years, it’s almost certainly not nearly as energy-efficient as newer heating systems. Before the cold hits and you’re stuck with a failing furnace or high energy bills, discuss investing in an upgraded system.
Invest in a Whole-Home Humidifier
It may not make sense when you hear it, but higher humidity, particularly in northern climates, can result in your home’s air feeling warmer than it is. Joined with the other benefits of reducing dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier might be the perfect addition to your HVAC system.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
We say it all the time – a programmable thermostat saves you energy and money no matter what temperature it is. A programmable thermostat will let you 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 right amount of home comfort.
Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation
Having the right amount of attic insulation helps keep heat from escaping 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. Ask your local utility companies about rebates for installing or upgrading your attic insulation.
If you insulate your hot water pipes, it can actually help increase the temperature a few degrees. Hotter water on a decreased setting? That decreases your energy usage and your energy bills – yes, please!
Get a Heating Tune-Up
Make sure your heater is ready to keep your family warm and cozy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Gordon's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. Currently we are giving discounts on our heating tune ups to help make sure your family stays warm and safe through the winter. Call 405-432-2197 today to schedule your Precision tune-up or set up a complimentary in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating and cooling system.