Winterize Your Home for the Winter

September 15, 2016

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

Clear Space Near Air Returns

You shouldn’t need cold air returns in the cooler months right? Wrong. Verify your air returns (the more sizable vents) are not obstructed and that air can easily flow through them. Your cold air returns are necessary to help your furnace run efficiently.

Replace Your Windows

Windows are a usual way that heat can get out of your home, so consider upgrading old or inefficient windows to help keep heat inside during the cold months.

Replace Your Home’s Air Filters

With allergy and cold season quickly approaching, you want to make sure you’re doing anything you can to keep your family in good health. For the well-being of your indoor air, swap out 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 utility bills.

Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System

If your system is older than 12 years, it’s probably not nearly as energy-efficient as updated furnaces. Before the cold hits and you’re stuck with a malfunctioning furnace or high energy bills, consider replacing your system.

Buy a Whole-Home Humidifier

It may not sound right, but more humidity, more so in northern climates, can cause your home’s air to feel warmer than it actually is. Add the other benefits of reducing dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier may be the ultimate addition to your heating system.

Invest in 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 let you lower your home temperature while you are away to help lower heating costs, and increase the temperature before you even get home to yield the right amount of home comfort.

Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation

Having the ideal amount of attic insulation helps trap heat in your home during the winter, lowering your energy use because your heating system doesn’t have to operate as much, and therefore saves you money by decreasing your energy bills. Check with your local utility companies about rebates for installing or upgrading your attic insulation.

Insulate Plumbing

By insulating your plumbing pipes, especially hot water pipes, you can actually help increase the temperature a few degrees. Warmer water on a lower setting? That saves you energy and money – yes, please!

Get a Precision Tune-Up

Verify your heater is ready to keep your family warm and cozy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Service Experts. Currently we are offering discounts on our fall tune ups to help make sure your family 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 and cooling system.

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