Winterize Your Home for the Winter

September 15, 2016

Winter is coming. (In comes Game of Thrones intro.) While you may not have to prepare quite the same way the Starks and Lannisters will, it’s still important to make sure your home is ready 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 flow easily into them. Your cold air returns are necessary to help your heating system run efficiently.

Replace Your Windows

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

Replace Your Home’s Air Filters

With allergy and cold season coming soon, you want to be sure you’re doing anything you can to keep your family in good health. For the sake of your indoor air, swap out your furnace or duct air filter every 12 weeks. This will also help your furnace 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 heating systems. Before the winter hits and you’re stuck with a failing furnace or high energy bills, consider replacing your system.

Buy a Whole-Home Humidifier

It may not seem logical, but more humidity, more so in northern climates, can make your home’s air feel warmer than it is. Include the other benefits of reducing dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier could be the ultimate addition to your HVAC system.

Invest in a Programmable Thermostat

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – a programmable thermostat saves you energy and money no matter what season it is. A programmable thermostat will let you decrease your home temperature while you are away to help lower heating costs, and turn up the temperature before you even arrive home to yield the perfect 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. Ask your local utility companies about rebates for installing or upgrading your attic insulation.

Wrap Plumbing

By insulating your plumbing pipes, especially hot water pipes, you can actually help raise the temperature two or three 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 you warm and comfy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Service Experts. Right now we are providing 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 seasonal tune-up or set up a no-charge in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating and cooling system.

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