The colder months are a bit of a mixed bag for homeowners. The holidays, snow days, and extended family time are all great things to look forward to. But there is also the ever-present worry that your home will be freezing cold and won’t provide enough comfort on those chilly winter nights.
There are ways you can save money by preparing early for the colder months ahead: you can make sure your HVAC system is up and running properly to keep your home at an even temperature. With these simple steps, you’ll have peace of mind this winter that your family will stay comfortable no matter what.
Prevent Costly and Time-Consuming Repairs
Regular HVAC tune-ups are the best way to ensure that your heating and air system is operating at optimal efficiency, keeping you warmer in colder weather. Having a professional clean or change filters every year, test thermostats, inspect heat exchangers and other components of heating systems yearly can all give peace of mind when it comes to knowing your HVAC system will work well in the winter.
Lower Your Energy Bills
Insulation helps keep your home warm in the winter and cool during summer, resulting in lower utility bills. Energy.gov has guidelines to help you determine your insulation level. Get a free insulation inspection from an insulation company to find out if there are insufficient insulating materials for your home’s needs before the weather gets cold.
Keeps Your Home Draft-Free
It is important to seal your home and prevent heat from escaping. Poorly insulated windows force your furnace to work harder because it has to constantly keep the house at a comfortable temperature, which shortens its lifespan and raises energy bills.
Seal gaps around your house and ensure your home is adequately insulated by adding weatherstripping or caulking to windows, doors, chimneys, and other crevices through which air can enter to reduce heat loss.
Adjust the Temperature Easily
When you forget to lower the thermostat before leaving, it can lead to wasted heating. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways around this issue and one is installing a programmable thermostat. With programming capabilities like shutting off right when you leave for work or home at any time day or night–you won’t even have to worry about remembering anymore.
Start Winterizing Your Home Now
The best investment you can make this winter is to ensure that your home has a comfortable temperature. Spend some time calling for an HVAC inspection, caulking, and insulating your home now so you can avoid time-consuming repairs later. This will help you save money over time, as well as keep your energy bills lower.