Brace Yourselves, Winter is coming. Are you prepared? As the winter season looms, it is important to keep your family warm and toasty throughout the winter, so here are five important tips that can help you be successful this season.
Tip #1 – Keep your Heating System Clean
One of the best ways to keep you warm this winter is to ensure that your equipment unit is up to date, cleaned and working effectively prior to the beginning of the winter season. At Crow’s Nest Home Inspections, we recommend servicing and cleaning your furnace annually. Get your furnace tuned-up prior to the cold weather to catch potential minor problems before they become a major, expensive problem. The trained, experienced technician will inspect your system in preparation for the upcoming winter season. Check out our contractor referral page for an HVAC company recommendation at https://crowsnestinspect.com/contractor-referrals/
Tip #2 – Heating Unit Check Up & Repair
One of the best ways to stay warm this winter is to make sure your filters are clean and ready for a warm winter. We recommend replacing air filters every three months for 1” filters and every 6 to 12 months for filters 4” or 6”. Homes with pets or more occupants can increase the particulate matter in the air, so check your filters every month to determine the right time frame for replacement in your home. Having a clean filtration is a great way to ensure your system isn’t working overtime to keep you warm. An overworked system can break down and leave you and your family out in the cold.
Tip #3 – Prepare Your Home for Winter
Keeping your home warm this winter can be a daunting task, but there are some ways to help your house without hurting your wallet every month. Caulking and weather stripping your doors and windows to keep cold air out is a great way to keep your house efficiently warm this winter without raising your heat or electric bill. Check the insulation levels inside of your attic and consider adding more if the levels are less than today’s standards.
Tip #4 – Install a Programmable Thermostat
Do you have a programmable thermostat? If you don’t, you should. A programmable thermostat is a great way to keep an equal balance of heating in your home. You can program the heater unit to heat your home different temperatures for different times of the day. For example, the unit can be set to turn off or a lower temperature during hours you and/or your spouse is at work or it can be set to run at a constant temperature throughout the day. All
Tip #5 – Out with the Old; In with the New
Our final tip is the last resort, but an important one. If your system is ancient or truly out of date, then replace it before the winter season begins. Having a new unit can ensure the safety and productivity of your unit for the upcoming winter as well as reduce your energy use and lower your utility bills.
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