Winter is coming. (Signal Game of Thrones music.) While you probably won’t have to prepare quite the same way the Starks and Lannisters will, it’s still critical to make sure your home is all set for the cold. Here are a few recommendations from Winnipeg Supply Service Experts to get you started.
Clear Space Surrounding Air Returns
You shouldn’t need cold air returns in the cooler months right? Wrong. Make sure your air returns (the bigger vents) are not obstructed and that air can flow easily into them. Your cold air returns are necessary to help your heating equipment run efficiently.
Replace Your Windows
Windows are a usual way that heat can seep out your home, so consider replacing old or inefficient windows to help keep heat inside during the cooler months.
Replace Your Home’s Air Filters
With sick season nearing, you want to make sure you’re doing anything you can to keep your family in good health. For the health of your indoor air, make sure you’re replacing your furnace or duct air filter every few months. 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 furnace is older than ten years, it’s almost certainly not nearly as energy-efficient as newer furnaces. Before the cooler temperature hits and you’re stuck with a failing furnace or high utility bills, think about investing in an upgraded system.
Purchase a Whole-Home Humidifier
It may not sound right, but higher humidity, more so 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 may be the ideal addition to your HVAC 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 enable you to turn down your home temperature while you are at work 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 correct amount of attic insulation helps retain heat during the winter, saving you energy because your heater doesn’t have to work as hard, and therefore saves you money by decreasing your energy bills. Inquire with your local utility companies about rebates for upgrading or installing your attic insulation.
If you insulate your hot water pipes, it can actually help boost the temperature a couple of degrees. Hot water on a cooler setting? That decreases your energy usage and your energy bills – yes, please!
Get a Precision Tune-Up
Verify your heater is ready to keep your family warm and comfortable all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Winnipeg Supply Service Experts. Currently we are giving discounts on our seasonal tune ups to help make sure your family stays warm and safe all winter long. Call 204-800-0613 today to schedule your seasonal tune-up or set up a free in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient HVAC system.