Winter is coming to Canada, and you’d better be ready if you don’t want to freeze in your house. Besides staying warm, there’s the matter of energy efficiency. Furnace repair and other quick tips can not only make a huge difference in your energy bill, but they can also help you stay warm and cozy, no matter how cold it gets. Here are 13 smart ideas to get you started.
- Get a Better Thermostat (And Set It Right)
Speaking of smart things, start preparing for the winter by installing a smart thermostat. This type is much more sensitive. That allows it to keep your home at the temperature where you set it. You can save money and stay comfortable if you stay mindful of when you’ll need the warmth most. If you set it 10 to 15 degrees colder when you go to bed or when you’re away from the house, you can save about 10 percent on your heating bill. Then, when you’re up and around in your home, you can have the thermostat programmed to warm it back up so you stay comfortable all day long.
- Put in a New Furnace Filter
Putting in a new furnace filter is one of the easiest things you can do to prepare for winter. A filter is relatively inexpensive, especially when you consider the money it’s saving you in energy bills and furnace repairs. And, it’s easy to do! Replace it before you ever turn on the heat, if possible.
- Clean out Your Vents
The air supply and return vents are an important part of your HVAC system. If they’re blocked by furniture or personal belongings, they can’t allow the air to circulate. You won’t be able to get warm, and it’s hard on your furnace, too. You can save energy by closing the vents in any room you aren’t using.
- Set Up Your Ceiling Fans for Winter
You know your ceiling fans help keep you cool in the summer. But did you know they can help with heating, too? All you have to do is set the blades to move counterclockwise and turn the fan on low.
- Turn Off That Exhaust Fan
Okay, you’ll still want to use your exhaust fan sometimes. Just don’t use them any more than you have to. Every time you turn them on, they’re sucking your warm air right out of your house.
- Use a Humidifier
Did you know that humid air holds heat better and feels warmer? That’s a very good reason to install a humidifier before winter comes. And, as a bonus, your skin won’t be so dry!
- Know When to Open Your Curtains
The way you use your curtains or blinds can have a big impact on how warm your house stays and how much energy you use. Open them up during the daytime when it’s sunny and let the warmth of the sun shine through the glass. Then, when it’s dark, keep them closed to hold in the heat.
8. Use Caulk, Weather Stripping, or Plastic on Your Windows
Another thing you can do to avoid heat loss from your windows is to use caulk or weather-stripping. This is especially helpful for older windows that aren’t as tight as they once were. Or, if it’s in your budget, you can replace your windows with new, tight ones. Another option is to put a sheet of plastic over your window to seal it.
9. Check the Outer Parts of Your Home
It’s easy to forget about your crawl space, basement, or attic when you’re prepping your house for winter. After all, they aren’t right there where you’re looking at them every day. The problem is that they’re often poorly insulated. Plus, you may have pipes in those areas that could burst if they get too cold. Check for insulation and make sure the pipes are sealed well.
10. Shut the Garage Door
During the winter, keep your garage door closed whenever you can. Your home should have insulation between the garage and the living areas. However, the colder you garage is, the more cold air will come with you when you go through it and into your house.
11. Insulate Your Water Heater
Put your hand on your water heater and see if it feels warm. If it does, you can save some energy by using a blanket to wrap it. Before you do, though, check with a HVAC expert to make sure it’s safe to do with your model.
12. Inspect Your Chimney
Check your chimney. And, do it before the first snow, if you can. Check to make sure you have a clean shaft. Then, keep your flue closed to prevent heat loss through the chimney.
13. Take Care of Your HVAC Unit
Before winter hits, be sure to talk to your HVAC company to set up service for your furnace. Doing it before the weather gets cold ensures that it’s in top condition and ready to take on the frigid temperatures. Your furnace has had some time off, so it’s important to make sure that it’s clean and problem-free. Your HVAC professional will also check your ducts to make sure they’re open and clear.
If any repairs need to be done, now is the time to do it. But if you don’t know your furnace is having a problem, it’s kind of hard to fix it. The good news is that your HVAC expert can identify many potential problems and fix them before winter places a huge demand on your furnace.
Talk to Tempasure Now to Schedule a Pre-Winter Checkup
When it’s time to get ready for winter, or anytime you need a furnace repair or replacement, Tempasure is here in North York, ready to help. Whether you schedule a furnace inspection and service before winter comes or need emergency furnace repairs later on, our HVAC team has the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to get your furnace in peak condition and ready for the cold winter ahead.