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Cozy Tips for Your Home This Winter

Winter is here and making sure that your home is cozy during the cold weather can be tricky. Although you may have vacuumed, cleaned the house and decorated your heating and cooling system plays a critical function in keeping your home enjoyable. Keeping your home too cold or too hot and poor air quality can make a substantial difference in the comfort of you and your guests.

Making sure that your home has adequate air quality will allow you to breathe easier. This is especially true if you suffer from allergies, asthma, smoke or have pets. One way to improve indoor air quality is to swap out your air filter. Classic 3-6 inch air filters should be changed at least every 1-2 months. Changing your air filter not only helps with your home’s air quality but also keeps your HVAC system working more efficiently and eliminates any lingering odors.

Another way to boost the air quality in your home is to check your vents. Air vents can accumulate quite a bit of dust over time. Make sure to take the vent completely out and clean the front and back to eliminate all of the built-up grime.

A house that is too cold or too warm can automatically cause discomfort in your home. If you plan on cooking all day, it’s a good idea to turn your thermostat down about 3-4 degrees lower than you would typically have it set. If there happens to be a cool breeze outside, opening a few windows can help as well. Decorating for the holidays can be exciting, but try to avoid the temptation of decorating over your thermostat. Decorations that cover your thermostat can cause it to misread the temperature in your home.

Getting an HVAC tune-up can go a long way in keeping your mind at ease about any HVAC disasters that could potentially come up. If you don’t want to worry about furnace complications, leave it to the experts. A tune-up consists of a thorough inspection, routine maintenance and repairs on any current or potential issues. It's recommended that your HVAC is serviced at least once a year. Annual tune-ups will ultimately increase the lifespan of your system and save you money on energy bills.

Don’t let your HVAC system be the reason your home doesn't feel like home. Be prepared by keeping your system in tip-top shape so that you can avoid nightmare scenarios. Contact a heating and cooling professional today, call 515-965-7272.

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