With winter quickly approaching, homeowners are starting to prepare their homes for when the temperatures drop. Living in Canada, it wouldn’t be a surprise if we received snow within the next few weeks, so now is the time to ensure you are ready. This post will help you determine how to prepare your home and HVAC system for the cold so you can stay warm and cozy all winter!
Check carbon monoxide detectors
One thing you can do at any time is check to see that your carbon monoxide detector is working. Having fresh batteries in your detector is crucial, and should be checked regularly. While you are at it, check your fire alarms too and ensure they are working and loud enough for you to hear from any end of your home.
Do an energy audit
An energy audit is the best way to determine where your home is losing energy and where you can save, and this is something you can conduct on your own to pinpoint problems in your home. With temperatures beginning to drop, fall is a good time just to check for drafts coming from doors, ceiling, outlets, fixtures, windows, doors, etc. You can also check insulation levels, and replace inefficient light bulbs with more efficient options. This assessment is not as thorough as a professional audit, but it can help you determine which areas to address.
Perform system maintenance
As a homeowner, changing the filters is also something that can be done on your own, and needs to happen on a regular basis. While this can help reduce the toxins within the air of your home, a full HVAC maintenance check is still recommended. HVAC maintenance provides peace of mind by ensuring that your system runs as efficiently as possible. This can save you money, keep you and your environment healthy, and give you the security of knowing that your warranty will remain valid. Hiring a maintenance professional is suggested as they will have specialized tools for your system. They can clean all components, oil motors and bearings of any excess dirt or grime which build up if neglected over time, and replace old filters so that air quality remains at top level for everyone in the house. Click here to learn more about our annual maintenance memberships.
Turn up your heating unit
Once your furnace has been serviced, double-check to make sure that the system is free of debris, obstruction, and animal nests. Once you have done this, you can turn up the heat on the furnace. Always make sure to check your vents for heat output and air movement. If you’re experiencing no output, you should contact an HVAC professional who can inspect your system and vents.
Reprogram your thermostat
Finally, reprogramming your thermostat to ensure daily comfort and the efficiency of your heating system is important. Not sure what temperature to set it? Below we have the average temperature to set it for average use, and for when you’re away from home or sleeping.
Setting for colder months
To find a balance between savings and comfort, you should find the best settings for your own thermostat. Everyone’s preference will be different, but 72°F (22°C) is where most people are comfortable. As long as your home is around this temperature, you should be pretty pleased in terms of comfort and cost.
If you will be away from home for more than four hours, set your thermostat to about five degrees less than your favourite setting. If you prefer a cooler temperature to sleep, set your thermostat to around 66°F (19°C) from 10pm at night to around 5am in the morning, allowing the house to heat up just before you get out of bed. This will save you energy and money!
If you’re looking to upgrade your existing thermostat, a smart thermostat is a top choice for many tech-savvy and environmentally conscious homeowners. Similar to a programmable thermostat, you can use controls to schedule the temperature throughout the day. In addition, smart thermostats also provide energy reports, run times, notify you if your air filter needs to be replaced and even can automatically adjust temperatures based on your preferences to save you money. Smart thermostats not only give you unparalleled temperature control, they also run on Wi-Fi, enabling you to control your home’s comfort level even while you’re out.
With winter only a few weeks away, now is the time to start preparing your home and your HVAC system for the cold months. These steps will help you prepare for winter and to ensure proper and efficient usage of your HVAC system. Contact us today for professional furnace maintenance, and keep your home warm and comfortable this winter season!