There are many things we need to look out for as homeowners, one of those things being maintenance. I know, the dreaded ‘M-word. But don’t fear we are here to tell you that like most anything, prevention is the best remedy for potentially disastrous situations (like a broken furnace, yikes!). So without further ado, here are five tips and tricks we found to help maintain your home during the wintertime to keep everything in working order and your energy cost down!
- Furnace Maintenance – This is the most crucial step that is often overlooked. It’s a consensus among HVAC professionals that many furnace breakdowns and repairs are due to lack of maintenance. Furnace maintenance is one of the most effective and most natural ways to prepare your home for extreme cold and severe winter storms. Think of heating maintenance like you would have done on your car. If you don’t get an oil change for five years, how well is your car going to perform? How long will it last? If you haven’t scheduled your annual Fall Tune-Up yet, now is the time.
- Replace Your Filter – A dirty filter will have to work harder to get heat through your home, which results in polluted air and increased energy costs. Your filter should be replaced per your furnace manufacturer’s instructions, but the timeline is typically every one to three months. If you have pets or children, your filter may need to be replaced sooner rather than later (monthly).
- Clear Air Vents – Couches and other objects can block your vents and severely limit airflow in your home, which causes uncomfortable drops in temperature. Move any objects that are obstructing airflow, and make sure your vents are open.
- Properly Insulate Your Home – Having your home properly insulated is one of the best ways to keep the temperature regulated throughout the house. A lot of heat is lost through your roof, so it’s no surprise that having your attic properly insulated will save you money on your heating bill. There are many companies in our area that offer insulation services, but if you’re feeling handy, you can always go the DIY route too.
- Replace Your Aging Furnace – On average, furnaces have a lifespan of 15-20 years with annual maintenance. Without yearly maintenance, a furnace’s lifespan is significantly shortened. If having to call an HVAC contractor for emergency furnace repair or installation during a winter storm sounds like the thing nightmares are made of, we agree. To avoid such a nightmare, replace your furnace before the winter snowstorms hit.