A little maintenance now can lead to big energy savings all winter long!
Winter may come to Katy, TX and Cinco Ranch, TX a little later than it comes to our northern neighbors, but winter still does arrive. With blustery days and chilly temperatures right around the corner, now is the time to make sure your home is weather-tight and ready for the colder months ahead.
We can help. We’ve assembled a list of 5 simple things you can do to make sure your home is ready for winter. By following these tips, you can make your home more energy efficient, allowing you to stay warm and cozy without having to crank up the heat (and your energy bills).
- Have your furnace cleaned and inspected.
Every fall, you should call a trusted heating and AC repair technician to have your furnace inspected and cleaned. Furnaces that aren’t regularly inspected can develop problems over time. Not only does this make your entire system less efficient, leading to higher energy bills, it can also make it more likely that your furnace will break down at the worst possible time.
- Seal the gaps and cracks in your home.
Even the most efficient furnace in the world won’t do you much good if the warm air is escaping your home through tiny cracks and gaps. Carefully inspect your home to find cracks between things like door frames, weather stripping, and more. Seal any you find with caulk or expanding foam.
- Switch your ceiling fans to turn clockwise.
Hot air rises, but you don’t want the air you paid to heat floating up to the ceiling. By switching your fans to turn clockwise and running them on a low speed, the fans will push warm air down, helping your family feel warmer.
- Stock up on furnace filters.
During the winter months, you should replace your furnace filter every month. Stock up now and set an alert on your phone so you remember to do it. Clogged filters can make your system less efficient and damage it over time, so this is something you want to handle regularly.
- Install a programmable thermostat and use it wisely.
If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, installing one can make your life much easier. Instead of having to manually remember to turn the temperature down during the morning rush out the door or before you go to bed, you can simply set the thermostat and forget it.
By following these 5 tips, you can enjoy a much warmer, cozier, and energy-efficient winter. And remember, if you ever have trouble with your furnace during the winter, we are here to help. We offer a full range of HVAC services for all of Katy, TX; Cinco Ranch, TX; and the surrounding areas. When you need us, give us a call. We’ll be there to help!