Brrr! Can you feel that? The chill of winter is just around the corner, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. It’s time to make sure your home is ready to keep you and your family warm and cozy all season long.
It’s important to prepare your heating system as to prevent any need for emergency service when it’s freezing cold out. All the while you can maximize energy efficiency and save a little cash, too! No matter what kind of heating system you’re working with, our team at AirWorks Solutions has the tools and know-how to set you up for success. We’ve got the stamp of Mom-Approval as well as the certifications and experience to help.
In this article, we’ll be going over how to best prepare your home for the winter, as well as how to maximize your heating for the most efficiency. From scheduling professional maintenance to sealing those sneaky air leaks, optimizing your thermostat settings and more, this comprehensive guide will tell you everything you need to know about prepping your home before the chill sets in. Let’s get started!
#1. Schedule Heating Maintenance
The first step to prepping your home’s heating for the winter is having a well-maintained and efficient heating system. This means scheduling heating maintenance with a Mom-Approved technician from AirWorks Solutions. When your heating system is regularly maintained, you’ll find yourself enjoying a variety of awesome perks.
First you can expect lower energy bills. Who doesn’t love that! An efficient system means less power wasted and reduced energy bills, which means more money in your pocket to save towards that family vacation you’ve been looking forward to. This might not be surprising, but a well-maintained system is less likely to break down when you need it most – reducing the odds of an emergency occuring.
A well-maintained heating system is also eco-friendly! With reduced energy consumption, you can do your part to protect the planet. Like a super hero! It’s a win-win situation when your heating system is kept in its best shape. And, you’ll be comfortable all winter long!
What can you expect from heating maintenance?
- Improved Efficiency
- Enhanced Reliability
- Extended Lifespan
- Enhanced Safety
- Preserved Manufacturer Warranty
- Better Air Quality
- Consistent Heating
- Professional Assessment
- Cost Savings
- Environmental Benefits
Your home’s heating system needs annual check-ins so its can operate at its best. Take the first step and schedule a professional maintenance check-up with one of our Mom-Approved technicians today.
#2. Clean and Replace Air Filters
The next thing you need to do to prep your heater for the winter is have your air filter cleaned or replaced. When you have your air filters cleaned or replaced, you’re not just boosting your indoor air quality, but you’re also setting yourself up for maximum efficiency. No more dusty, clogged filters to reduce airflow and result in unclean air and the need for repairs.
Ideally you should have your HVAC filters cleaned every month or so, or replaced every three months. It depends on factors such as the type of filter being used, the condition of your HVAC system, and other factors like pets, dust, etc. If you aren’t sure how often to have your filters replaced (or cleaned, if they are washable), let your Mom-Approved technician know during your maintenance visit. We’ll let you know what to do!
Here are some perks of having a clean air filter:
- Improved Indoor Air Quality
- Enhanced Energy Efficiency
- Extended System Lifespan
- Reduced Risk of Malfunctions
- Optimal Heating Performance
- Cost Savings on Repairs
- Improved Comfort
- Health Benefits
Having your filter regularly replaced helps to remove dust, allergens, and other particles from the air, resulting in healthier, more breathable air quality. When you have a clean filter, air is able to flow more freely through the ducts, making it easier for your heating system to run and improving energy efficiency. This can result in lower heating bills over time. You can easily prevent dust and debris from accumulating in your heating system, which in turn can make it last much longer.
It’s a pretty simple fix that can be taken care of during a maintenance service with us. You could buy a new filter yourself, but if you’re going to get your heater tuned up anyways, you may as well let our professionals handle the job. Let us get our hands dirty and see to it that your heater has a clean filter and that the system is in its best shape!
#3. Insulate Your Home
When it comes to creating a comfortable and energy-efficient home, insulation is going to be your friend.
Where do you need insulation? The short answer is, everywhere! This means your windows, doors, attics, and your walls. These are the spots where the cold outdoor air will sneak in, but when your home is properly insulated, this won’t be a problem.
So what are your options when it comes to insulation?. From traditional fiberglass batts to innovative spray foam, you’ve got plenty of choices. Here are a few you can consider for your home:
- Fiberglass insulation
- Spray foam insulation
- Cellulose insulation
- Rigid foam insulation
- Mineral wool insulation
- Reflective insulation
- Aerogel insulation
- Cotton insulation
- Denim insulation
- Polyurethane foam insulation
When it comes to Insulating doors, weatherstripping is the key. With weatherstripping you’ll be able to seal off any gaps and preventing drafts. You can even add film to windows or use thermal curtains to keep the cold air out. Don’t forget to add insulation to your attic either. This way you can add a layer of insulation that protects from the top of your home and works its way down.
Using tools like caulk, weatherstripping, and insulation material will keep the cold weather out and the cozy temperature of your heater in.
#4. Optimize Your Thermostat Settings
Your thermostat settings might need a bit of a facelift in order to find that ideal balance between warmth and efficiency. No more wasted energy on our watch! Optimizing your thermostat settings can result in serious cost savings.
Whether you have a programmable thermostat or a manual one, you have the power to get your thermostat settings under control and prepped for the winter. If you have a programmable thermostat, you have the ability to make your thermostat settings more customizable based on when people will be in the house or away. This makes it easy to reduce energy costs and consumption.
With a traditional manual thermostat, its still possible to optimize your settings. We can help you adjust your thermostat for the winter by adjusting the settings manually. It’s as simple as lowering the temperature a few degrees during the day while you’re away and setting it back to a comfortable temperature when you return.
#5. Prepare Your Heating System for Emergencies
So what do you do in an emergency winter weather situation?
First, plan for potential power outages or system breakdowns that could occur, even with winter weather prep.
You need to have emergency heating alternatives ready in a pinch. Having a generator or a even a portable heater can make all the difference if your heater breaks down. Backup generators can be incredibly helpful if you are living somewhere where it snows or you experience blizzards.
If you need any help acquiring emergency prep, or need a Mom-Approved specialist to come and save the day, have no fear: AirWorks Solutions is here! Find our contact information for emergency heating repair services, installation or replacement, or even just a quick check-in. With our expertise and quick response times, you’ll be feeling cozy and comfortable indoors in no time.
Work With a Qualified Mom-Approved Heating Technician Now!
When you’re ready to take action and prepare your home’s heating system for the winter ahead, give our team of Mom-Approved experts a call! By scheduling a professional maintenance check-up, replacing air filters, insulating your home, sealing air leaks, and optimizing your thermostat settings, you’re doing the most to prepare your home for the winter.
At AirWorks Solutions, we offer a wide variety of HVAC services. When you schedule a consultation, you’ll be greeted by a friendly and knowledgeable technician that’s got our AirWorks Solutions seal of approval. We will answer any questions you have and help you decide which system is best for you and your family. We always conduct our business in a professional manner and leave your space as clean as we found it. That’s our promise, from our family to yours!
For more information on how you can get a Mom-Approved technician to prepare your home for winter weather in Camarillo or Ventura County, give us a call today!