Preparing your home for winter

Well, we are finally starting to see fall-like weather here in Tucson which means winter is just around the corner (maybe!).   It is still a good practice to make sure your home will be ready when the cold temperature hits.  Here are some tips for you to prepare:

  1. Schedule a routine maintenance and inspection of your heating system in November to make sure it is in good working order. You don’t want to flip the switch on in December and discover no heat is coming out.
  2. Be sure to replace your heater’s air filter as recommended by the manufacturer. Your heating system will work less hard, use less energy and last longer as a result. It is also not a bad idea clean the dust from vents for better efficiency.
  3. If your heating system is over 15 years old, you might consider updating it with one of the more efficient newer models. You can cut your energy use and your monthly bill!
  4. Re-set your thermostat. A set-back thermostat allows you to automatically turn down the heat when you’re away at work or when you’re sleeping at night, and then boost the temperature to a comfortable level when you need it. Remember – it takes less energy to warm a cool home than to maintain a warm temperature all day long. Properly using your set-back thermostat could cut your heating costs from 20 to 75 percent.
  5. Reverse the switch on your ceiling fans so they blow upward, toward the ceiling. By reversing the fan’s direction, the blades move air upward in winter. This is especially valuable in high ceiling rooms, where heat that naturally rises is forced back down into the room.
  6. Make sure all heating vents are opened and unblocked by furniture or other items. This will ensure that the air is evenly distributed through the home.

Contact Family Air to schedule an annual check on your heating system and make sure you are prepared for the winter months ahead.

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