8 Ways to get your Home ready for the Winter

1. Tune and Clean your Furnace

Would you drive your car 50,000 miles without an oil change? Of course not! The same logic holds true with your HVAC heating & cooling system. Yearly tune-ups will keep your equipment running more efficient just like a car tune up helps with better gas mileage. Tune-ups can also help with the “Wear & Tear”. Routine service checkups can catch potential issues before they become real problems. It also important to protect your warrantee. If equipment shows signs of neglect, Manufactures could void your warrantee. Seasonal maintenance will help ensure that your heating & cooling system operates dependably and within the manufacture specifications. We send NATE-Certified technicians equipped with advanced diagnostic tools to test ,inspect, clean and calibrate your HVAC heating & cooling system.

2. Use a Programmable Thermostat.

To regulate your home’s temperature. Programmable thermostats save energy by offering four convenient, pre-programmed temperature settings that scale temperatures back when you are away and scale up when you return. Set your thermostat no higher than 68 degrees when you are home and lower the temperature when you go to bed or when you are not at home.  For every degree you lower your thermostat you save about 2 percent off your heating bill.

3. Make sure your furniture isn’t blocking your home’s heating vents.

Make sure furniture, carpeting or drapes aren’t blocking vents and all vents are open. In cold weather, keep draperies and shades on south facing windows open during the day to allow sunlight in. Close them at night to retain heat. Also remember to use kitchen and bath ventilation fans wisely. In just one hour, these fans can pull out a house full of warm/cool air. Turn fans off as soon as they've done their job.

4. Insulate

Up to 45% of your home’s energy is lost through the attic. Check your attic insulation to see if it meets the recommended value (R-44) for our area and add insulation as required.

5.Check heating/air conditioning ducts for leaks.

Examine your house’s heating ducts for leaks. Think of your ductwork as huge hoses, bringing hot air instead of water into your house. Mostly out of sight, ducts can leak for years without you knowing it. The U.S. Department of Energy and the Electric Power Research Institute determined … 25% to 40% of the heating and cooling energy put out by heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems … is lost through the ductwork system.

6. Change the filters in your furnace

Basic furnace filters are designed to trap dust, dirt, and airborne particulates before they can get into the system and potentially damage the fan or the AC coil. Since most of the air in your house circulates through your HVAC system, furnace filters are your first line of defense against dust and airborne allergens.If you’re not sure where filters are or how to replace them, ask Us. Dirty filters force the system to chug, wasting energy and costing you anywhere from 10 to 30 percent more energy. Typically you should change a basic, fiberglass or paper furnace filter every one to two months. And you should change or clean an electrostatic or HEPA filter every two to five months.

7. Hot Water Temperature

Reset your hot water temperature from 125 to 120 degrees and you can save $22 a year and it’ll also help lengthen the unit’s lifespan by slowing sediment build-up. Install an insulated blanket on your older water heater to cut standby heat loss. You can judge whether it’s necessary by touching the tank. If it feels warm, you can benefit from adding this extra layer of insulation.

8. Ceiling fans

If you have ceiling fans in your home, look to see if you have a reverse switch near the electrical pulley. The correct direction of the fan during the wintertime should be clock-wise and set the fan on low. Since warm air rises, the winter setting allows the warm air to be circulated back downwards. Using ceiling fans to re-circulate warm air can save as much as 10% on your energy bills.

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