When the temperatures start to drop outside, it’s important to make sure your home is ready for winter. One way to do that is by making sure your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system is up to the task of keeping you warm all season long. While it’s important to perform regular heat pump maintenance by a trained HVAC technician, here are a few tips that you can do at home to save your system from having to work too hard:
1. Clean Air Filter
Having a clean air filter in your furnace is critical for ensuring its efficiency and effectiveness in heating your home. The dirt, dust, and other particles that accumulate in your filter can reduce airflow to the furnace, limiting its ability to produce heat or operate correctly. As such, it’s important to check your filter regularly and if necessary, replace it with an appropriately sized filter for optimal performance. Taking this simple step will help your furnace run more efficiently and provide you with the warmth and comfort you need during cold winter months.
2. Set your Thermostat to 68 degrees
Maintaining the right temperature at home can be a headache, no matter what season it is. During the winter months, it is especially important to set your thermostat to 68 degrees for optimal comfort and energy efficiency. Studies have shown that this temperature tends to be ideal for the majority of households. By keeping your thermostat at 68 degrees during winter, you can ensure that everyone in your family is comfortable with optimal heating bills that won’t send you into shock come pay day. It’s truly a win-win situation!
3. Weather Stripping
Adding weather stripping around doors and windows is an easy and cost-effective way to help keep your home’s interior comfortable, while also reducing heating and cooling costs. This simple improvement can make a significant impact, as doorways and window frames provide some of the most common entry points for air leaks. Weatherstripping provides a tight seal, successfully blocking drafts that can compromise the insulation in your home’s walls, floors and ceilings. It is important to choose a good quality material for the weatherstripping in order to ensure it will offer maximum protection from drafts without causing problems with regular use of the doors or windows. In addition, you should inspect and replace the strips regularly to make sure they are providing a proper seal.
4. Drink Hot Beverages
Keeping your body temperature regulated is important for staying healthy, and one of the best ways to do this is by drinking hot beverages throughout the day. The warmth from the beverage will help to keep your core temperature steady, especially in winter or during cold weather conditions. It is important to choose your drinks wisely – opt for something natural and herbal such as green tea or chamomile tea – since some sugary drinks can have a net negative effect on your health. If you’re in a warm climate, you can still benefit from lighter hot beverages like honey water or fruit infusions. Remember: when it comes to selecting your beverages, opt for something natural.
Following these tips will help you stay warm and comfortable all winter long, without running up your energy bill. You still want to make sure to schedule regular maintenance on your HVAC unit. But take a few minutes to check your furnace filter, set your thermostat, and seal up any drafts, and then kick back with a hot cup of cocoa and enjoy the season!