It’s bitterly cold outside in Cincinnati! Temperatures are predicted to drop well below freezing. So, how do you keep your home warm during the winter months? More importantly, is your HVAC system ready to handle the freezing winter temperatures?
How Can I Keep My Home Warm and HVAC WInter Ready?
A HVAC breakdown could be bad for your health and your home during the winter months. Make sure your HVAC system is ready to operate at full capacity. Temperatures that drop below freezing have serious risks for young children, elderly loved ones and pets. Be prepared by following these steps to keep warm.
First, Change Your Air Filters
A dirty air filter is less efficient which means your home will not stay as warm. Changing out your air filter is easy but we often forget this task. To remember, do these three simple things. One, write the date on your new air filter before you replace it. Two, put a reminder in your phone to replace your air filter in the recommended amount of time. This time can range from 30 days to 6 months based on usage. A home with pets or a family member with allergies should be change the filter every 30-60 days whereas a vacation home may be closer to 6 months. Three, put in a filter change indicator. This device will sense the air flow through the filter and indicate when the pressure reading is too low. Low air flow means it’s time to change the filter.
Second, Clean Your Air Vents
Air vents have millions of particles of dust, dirt, hair and pollen. These particles can make it difficult for your furnace to warm your home. Clean your air vents with a brush attachment when you vacuum your home. Also clean the grills in your ceiling and the cold-air returns. Consider hiring a professional if your air vents haven’t been thoroughly cleaned in a long time.
Third, Install a NEST Learning Thermostat
A NEST learning thermostat manages your homes heating system. The NEST thermostat automatically learns to give your family the most comfort with the least amount of energy used. Therefore, you stay warm and your bill stays low. The system learns your schedule and reduces energy while no one is home. Likewise, the NEST learning thermostat will learn to warm your house before you walk through the door. Contact Nelson Comfort to install a NEST learning thermostat in your home.
Fourth, Add Insulation
Insulation is needed to keep your home warm. Added insulation in your attic helps your HVAC system to heat your home properly. Up to 35% of your homes heat is lost through the attic. Insulation plus a well running HVAC system can reduce your monthly energy bill by large amounts.
Last, Schedule an Inspection
Most of all this winter, schedule an HVAC inspection before your furnace breaks down. The last thing you want is to be freezing in your home or risk having pipes freeze and burst. Preventative service is worth every penny. A technician can make sure everything is running properly or let you know if there are potential problems. Schedule a service with a trusted HVAC expert company like Nelson Comfort.
Winter in Cincinnati is here! Keep your family and loved ones warm and cozy inside your home. Make sure young children and elderly loved ones are warm and remember to keep your pets indoors during especially cold days.
Additionally, change filters, clean air vents, add a NEST learning thermostat and contact Nelson Comfort. Nelson Comfort is a trusted, locally owned and operated company that has been proud to serve Cincinnati for decades. Give Nelson Comfort a call today at 513-561-7517 to make sure your HVAC system is ready for the cold!