Winterize Your Home for the Winter

September 15, 2016

Winter is coming. (In comes Game of Thrones music.) While you shouldn’t have to prepare quite the same way the Starks and Lannisters will, it’s still essential to make sure your home is ready for the cold. Here are a couple suggestions from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to get you started.

Clear Space Surrounding Air Returns

You shouldn’t need cold air returns in the winter right? Wrong. Verify your air returns (the larger vents) are not obstructed and that air can easily flow through them. Your cold air returns are necessary to help your heating system run efficiently.

Replace Your Windows

Windows are a typical way that heat can leak out your home, so contemplate replacing old or inefficient windows to help retain heat inside during the cold months.

Replace Your Home’s Air Filters

With allergy and cold season coming soon, you want to verify you’re doing everything you can to keep your family healthy. For the well-being of your indoor air, replace your furnace or duct air filter every few months. This will also help your system run more efficiently and save you energy, which means saving you money on energy bills.

Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System

If your system is older than ten years, it’s almost certainly not nearly as energy-efficient as newer heating systems. Before the winter hits and you’re stuck with a malfunctioning furnace or high heating bills, think about replacing your system.

Purchase a Whole-Home Humidifier

It may not sound right, but higher humidity, especially in northern climates, can result in your home’s air feeling warmer than it is. Include the other benefits of less dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier could be the ultimate addition to your heating system.

Get a Programmable Thermostat

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – a programmable thermostat decreases your energy use and bills no matter what season it is. A programmable thermostat will allow you to decrease your home temperature while you are at work to help reduce heating costs, and raise the temperature before you even arrive home to give you the right amount of home comfort.

Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation

Having the ideal amount of attic insulation helps keep heat from escaping during the winter, decreasing your energy usage because your heating system doesn’t have to operate as much, and therefore saves you money on heating bill. Check with your local utility companies about rebates for installing or upgrading your attic insulation.

Insulate Plumbing

Insulating your hot water pipes can actually help raise the temperature two or three degrees. Warmer water on a lower setting? That lowers your energy use and bills – yes, please!

Get a Furnace Tune-Up

Be sure your heating system is ready to keep your home warm and comfy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Service Experts. This month we are providing discounts on our heating tune ups to help make sure your home stays warm and safe through the cold months. Call 239-908-6991 today to schedule your Precision tune-up or set up a no-charge in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating system.

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