Is Hampton Roads due for an extra cold winter? Regardless of what happens in the next few months, we prefer everybody is prepared. If your Norfolk home lacks adequate heating, it could affect your family’s health. You may find, too, your energy bills are a bit higher if your HVAC system is working harder than it needs to for your family’s comfort.

At Norfolk Air Heating, Cooling, Plumbing and Electrical, we are on call to service your home heating system, plus we offer a Blue Ribbon Protection Plan that benefits you year-round. We are ready to help you when you have an HVAC, electrical or plumbing emergency, but in the meantime, there are a few things you can do to ensure your home stays warm this season.

Watch Your Thermostat – You may be doing this already…every family seems to have that one self-ordained keeper of the temperature. Jokes aside, staying vigilant is a good way to help your heating bills in the fall and winter. Set the thermostat to a cooler temperature when everybody is at work and school, and be selective about when to turn it up. If you can brave the early evenings with blankets while you watch TV, it may make a difference.

Clear Out Your Vents – When you do have the warmer air circulating at home, make sure the vents are clean. It’s easy to forget to clean air vents on a regular basis, especially if you spent much of your summer outside or away from home. Take a day to check each one and clean accordingly so there are no impediments to receiving warm air.

Replace Your Air Filters – When was the last time you replaced your air filters? If you can’t recall, now is the time to invest in new ones. A clean air filter helps with circulation in your home, and your HVAC won’t have to work so hard to give you the comfort your family needs after a long day.

If you can fit it into your holiday schedule, we strongly recommend an inspection of your HVAC system if you haven’t had one in years, or at all. An inspection by a professional Norfolk HVAC mechanic can help you determine the overall health of your heating and cooling system, and if it’s time to upgrade any equipment. If you have questions about your home’s heating or need an estimate on a new unit, call Norfolk Air today.