Winterize Your Home for the Winter

September 15, 2016

Winter is coming. (Signal Game of Thrones theme.) While you probably won’t have to prepare quite the same way the Starks and Lannisters will, it’s still critical to make sure your home is good to go for the cold. Here are a couple tips from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to get you started.

Clear Space Surrounding Air Returns

You don’t need cold air returns in the cold season right? Wrong. Verify your air returns (the bigger vents) are not obstructed and that air can flow smoothly through them. Your cold air returns are required to help your heating system run efficiently.

Update Your Windows

Windows are a common way that heat can seep out your home, so consider upgrading old or inefficient windows to help retain heat inside during the cooler months.

Replace Your Home’s Air Filters

With sick season coming soon, you want to make sure you’re doing all you can to keep your family in good health. For the sake of your indoor air, replace your furnace or duct air filter every 12 weeks. This will also help your equipment run more efficiently and save you energy, which means decreasing your utility bills.

Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System

If your furnace is older than ten years, it’s most likely not nearly as energy-efficient as newer furnaces. Before the cold hits and you’re stuck with a failing furnace or high utility bills, discuss replacing your system.

Buy a Whole-Home Humidifier

It may not sound right, but more humidity, particularly in northern climates, can result in your home’s air feeling warmer than it is. Include the other benefits of reducing dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier may be the perfect addition to your HVAC system.

Get a Programmable Thermostat

We say it all the time – a programmable thermostat lowers your energy usage and bills no matter what temperature it is. A programmable thermostat will let you lower your home temperature while you are at work to help lower heating costs, and raise the temperature before you even get home to give you the right amount of home comfort.

Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation

Having the right amount of attic insulation helps retain heat during the winter, saving you energy because your heating system doesn’t have to work as hard, and therefore saves you money by decreasing your energy bills. Check with your local utility companies about rebates for upgrading or installing your attic insulation.

Wrap Plumbing

If you insulate your hot water pipes, it can actually help raise the temperature two or three degrees. Hot water on a lower setting? That saves you energy and money – yes, please!

Get a Heating Tune-Up

Be sure your heating system is ready to keep your home warm and comfortable all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Service Experts. Currently we are giving discounts on our fall tune ups to help make sure your family stays warm and safe through the winter. Call 614-334-3192 today to schedule your seasonal tune-up or set up a no-charge in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient HVAC system.

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