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Is Your Home Ready for Colder Weather?

Winter is coming! With lower temperatures comes higher heating bills, but it doesn’t have to be that way. There are many tips and tricks out there on how to save on your heating bill. Trane offers many tried and true options for saving on that heating bill, so we thought we’d share that information for homeowners in our latest blog. Have questions? Give us a call at (618) 345-7498.

Maintenance Optional?
Regular maintenance is necessary for your furnace system to work properly. Once a problem is noticed, it’s important to get it checked out in a timely manner. Small problems can easily turn into larger utility bills if they aren’t taken care of once they arise. For seasonal maintenance appointments, call our office or check out our maintenance program page of our website.

Efficiency is Key
Sure, an efficient furnace is highly important if your end goal is to lower your bills. But, if your home isn’t optimized for heating, then efficiency isn’t going to get you very far. A great first step in optimizing your home for better heating is to check the insulation around your doors and windows.

Vents: Open or Closed?
Many people close vents in rooms that are not often used and don’t need to be regularly heated. That seems like a common sense decision, right? Unfortunately, it’s not the best idea. Regardless of what vents are closed, your furnace will distribute heat equally throughout your home. The closed vents actually make your furnace work harder and less efficiently.

Push It to the Limit
Once your furnace starts breaking down and you see the price tag on a new furnace, it becomes very tempting to just continually replace bad parts until the whole system dies. The longer you delay the purchase of a new furnace, the less efficient your HVAC system is, costing you money. In the long run, it is better to bite the bullet and buy a new furnace. At Viviano, we offer a variety of furnaces meant to perform year after year. Some furnaces even operate at over 90% efficiency! If you’re shopping for a new furnace, learn everything you need to know by visiting our website.

Cold Feet
Having cold feet in your home all winter is not supposed to be normal. If your feet are cold from walking on your chilled floors, you have some bigger problems than just your feet. Cold floors throughout the winter mean that your home is not well insulated. Essentially, all the warm air you’re paying for is escaping your home. Check the sealing around your doors and windows. You can do this yourself pretty easily. Resealing any weak areas is probably best left to a professional, though.

Viviano, the Metro East’s #1 HVAC Contractor, has been serving residential and commercial customers for almost 30 years. We service all makes and models of air conditioners, furnaces, boilers, humidifiers, air cleaners, rooftop units and packaged units while striving to cut costs and increase efficiency. For other heating and cooling needs, visit Viviano Heating & Air Conditioning at