The leaves have fallen, the first snow storm has come and gone, and it is cold outside.  However, winter has not technically arrived. We are just beginning the winter season, in fact winter does not arrive meteorologically until December 21.

We have a long way to go before warm weather returns.

Make sure you and your home are ready with these 6 tips:

  1. Set the Thermostat Accordingly

Invest in a programmable thermostat and help regulate the temperature in your home, as well as the monthly utility bills.  Set the temperatures based on times your home is occupied.  If everyone is out at school or work set the temp lower during the day and then set it to increase as you all come home, so you come home to a warm and toasty house.  This will help save money and keep your family comfortable.

  1. Close the Gap

Seal up those gaps and cracks in the foundation and walls. This will keep those chilly drafts (and warmth seeking rodents) from entering your home.  A bit of caulk will help close those gaps.

  1. Invest in Heat Tape

Heat tape looks like a long extension cord that is placed around the edge of your roof or along the cutter to prevent ice from forming and causing problems in your home.

  1. Change the Furnace Filter

Dirty filters will cause your system to work harder than it needs to work, thus increasing your monthly bills, in addition to causing potential problems to our HVAC system.  Dirty furnace filters can also add to respiratory illnesses and allergies, making you miserable.  Swap out that filter, it’s easy and it’s cheap!

  1. Schedule a System Check

If you are concerned about an older unit, or you have had issues in the past, schedule a system inspection conducted by an HVAC professional.  Potential problems can be identified prior to the need for emergency services.  No heat when the temps are below 0 degrees is no fun, prevent problems with a complete system check and be ready for the cold.

  1. Invest in a New HVAC System

Furnaces don’t last forever. If your system is older than 10-15 years or you have scheduled more repairs each winter, it may be time to invest in a new furnace.  Buying a new appliance will cost you money up front, but installing a newer, more energy efficient unit will be worth it down the road

At TR Miller Heating & Cooling, we take pride in keeping homeowners in the greater Chicagoland Area safe and comfortable all year long.

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