Winterize Your Home for the Winter

September 15, 2016

Winter is coming. (In comes Game of Thrones theme.) While you probably won’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 some tips from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to get you started.

Clear Space Around Air Returns

You don’t need cold air returns in the winter right? Wrong. Verify your air returns (the bigger vents) are not blocked and that air can flow easily into them. Your cold air returns are needed to help your heating equipment run efficiently.

Replace Your Windows

Windows are a usual way that heat can leak out your home, so think about upgrading old or inefficient windows to help retain heat inside during the cold months.

Replace Your Home’s Air Filters

With sick season quickly approaching, you want to make sure 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 12 weeks. This will also help your furnace run more efficiently and save you energy, which means decreasing your utility bills.

Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System

If your heating equipment is older than 12 years, it’s almost certainly not nearly as energy-efficient as upgraded furnaces. Before the winter hits and you’re stuck with a failing furnace or high energy bills, discuss replacing your system.

Buy a Whole-Home Humidifier

It may not make sense when you hear it, but more humidity, especially 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 ideal addition to your heat and air system.

Get a Programmable Thermostat

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – a programmable thermostat lowers your energy usage and bills no matter what season it is. A programmable thermostat will let you decrease your home temperature while you are at work to help lower heating costs, and increase the temperature before you even make it home to yield the ideal amount of home comfort.

Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation

Having the correct amount of attic insulation helps trap heat in your home during the winter, saving you energy because your heating system doesn’t have to operate as much, and therefore saves you money by decreasing your energy bills. Inquire 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 boost the temperature a couple of degrees. Hot water on a lower setting? That saves you energy and money – yes, please!

Get a Heating Tune-Up

Verify your furnace is ready to keep your family warm and comfortable all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Service Experts. This month we are offering discounts on our heating tune ups to help make sure your home stays warm and safe through the winter. Call 866-397-3787 today to schedule your seasonal tune-up or set up a complimentary in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating system.

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