With colder temperatures already overdue, we know that when they finally arrive, they will hit us with an intensity that winters in Northern Colorado always deliver with bitterly cold temperatures, blizzards, and cold winds blowing off of the Great Plains. When these winter winds come howling and you come home cold and tired from the outdoor activities that Coloradans are known for, you’ll want to retreat to your home and warm your bones beside the fire. What you don’t want is for your home to be cold and draughty to the point where your HVAC unit is working overtime and driving your utility bills skyward.

Call Comfort By Nature for an HVAC Checkup

If this is the case in your home, the first thing you should do is make sure that your HVAC is working fine. If your residential heating unit is not running efficiently, there are things that your residential heating and cooling expert in Greeley can do to make sure it isn’t costing you the equivalent of an extra car payment. We can give your HVAC a seasonal tune-up, perform regular maintenance, and we can make sure that the unit you are depending on is the right size for the space it is heating. Your HVAC should have a seasonal check up before the heavy stress seasons of winter and summer. Call today to get your tune-up scheduled so you can stay warm and toasty without paying an arm and a leg to the utility company!

Check Your Home for Leaks and Problems

There are actions you can take on your own to make sure your home is leaking air and causing your HVAC system to work overtime unnecessarily.

Weather Stripping

Over the source of the summer, all the coming and going through your doors may have knocked your weather stripping loose or even knocked it off. Weather stripping is the foam-like strips that you find along the inside of door frames that help seal out air. Many doors have weather stripping as part of the door, especially on the top and the bottom, but the sides are sometimes without the stripping. This will be left to the homeowner. When it’s cold out, move your hand around the door to see if you can feel any cold air entering your home. If you do, add weather stripping there. Weather stripping is also used on windows, so you can do the same test with the windows. It’s also a good idea to make sure your windows are all locked (for security reasons too) to make sure you are not giving cold air easy access to your home.

Consider your Thermostat Setting

One reason your utility bills could be high could be that you are overheating your home. Keeping the temperature up high in the winter is the fastest way to overburden your bank account. Put on a sweater and an extra blanket on the bed. Now, we don’t want you to be cold, but being a bit cool in the winter will save you money and stress, so set your thermostat at 68 and you’ll save money. A programmable thermostat can save you money too, but automatically turning the temperature down to 65 or lower for the long hours when you are at work or up in the mountains skiing. There is no reason to keep your home warm when you are not there.

Call today to schedule an HVAC tune-up with Comfort By Nature. A tune-up can save you money!