The cold weather has arrived. Make sure your home is prepared and ready to combat frigid temperatures. Here are some maintenance tips to keep your home warm and cozy this winter.

• Check your air filters – A dirty air filter can make your furnace work harder and lead to higher energy costs and even damaged parts. During the winter, you’ll want to check that your air filter is clean at least once a month since it will be working harder during these months.
• Program your thermostat – Make sure that your thermostat settings are set appropriately for the winter. Ideally, having the temperature at 68 degrees while you are awake will help save energy and money. A programmable thermostat can make this process a lot easier and could result in energy savings of up to $180 over the course of the year.

• Clean your air vents – To help prevent any heat blockage, vacuum and clean all the vents to allow proper heat flow and maintain a comfortable temperature throughout your home. Additionally, make sure furniture, toys, or window coverings are not blocking the vents to allow for proper and maximum airflow.

• If you’re in need of an equipment upgrade, make sure to shop for a high-efficiency model furnace, which operates up to 50% more efficiently than older units. You may even be eligible for rebates.

• Keep your heating system at peak performance by having an annual tune-up. DTE provides rebates to help offset the cost of furnace tune-ups that include combustion analysis.

DTE offers energy-saving tips, rebates, tools, and programs to help you save this winter and all year long. Learn more at: dteenergy.com/saveenergy.