Winter is coming. (Cue Game of Thrones music.) 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 good to go for the cold. Here are a few tips from Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air to get you started.
Clear Space Surrounding Air Returns
You don’t need cold air returns in the cooler months right? Wrong. Confirm your air returns (the larger vents) are not obstructed and that air can easily flow through them. Your cold air returns are needed to help your furnace run efficiently.
Update Your Windows
Windows are a common way that heat can escape your home, so consider updating old or inefficient windows to help retain heat inside during the winter months.
Replace Your Home’s Air Filters
With sick season coming soon, you want to verify you’re doing all 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 quarter. This will also help your furnace run more efficiently and save you energy, which means lowering your energy bills.
Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System
If your heating equipment is older than ten years, it’s probably not nearly as energy-efficient as updated equipment. Before the winter hits and you’re stuck with a faulty furnace or high energy bills, consider upgrading your system.
Buy a Whole-Home Humidifier
It may not make sense when you hear it, but increased humidity, especially in northern climates, can cause your home’s air to feel warmer than it actually is. Include the other benefits of reducing dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier may be the ultimate addition to your HVAC system.
Get a Programmable Thermostat
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – a programmable thermostat saves you energy and money no matter what season it is. A programmable thermostat will enable you to lower your home temperature while you are at work to help decrease heating costs, and turn up the temperature before you even get home to provide the right 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, saving you energy because your heater doesn’t have to operate as much, and therefore saves you money by decreasing your energy bills. Inquire with your local utility companies about rebates for installing or upgrading your attic insulation.
By insulating your plumbing pipes, especially hot water pipes, you can actually help boost the temperature a couple of degrees. Hot water on a cooler setting? That saves you energy and money – yes, please!
Get a Furnace Tune-Up
Verify your furnace is ready to keep your home warm and comfy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air. This month we are providing discounts on our heating tune ups to help make sure your family stays warm and safe all winter long. Call 210-404-4233 today to schedule your heating tune-up or set up a no-charge in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating system.