Winterize Your Home for the Winter

September 15, 2016

Winter is coming. (Cue Game of Thrones intro.) While you may not 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 few recommendations from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to get you started.

Clear Space Near Air Returns

You don’t need cold air returns in the cooler months right? Wrong. Confirm your air returns (the larger vents) are not blocked and that air can flow smoothly through them. Your cold air returns are required to help your heating system run efficiently.

Replace Your Windows

Windows are a common way that heat can seep out your home, so think about replacing old or inefficient windows to help keep heat inside during the cooler months.

Replace Your Home’s Air Filters

With sick season coming soon, you want to verify you’re doing all you can to keep your family healthy. For the well-being of your indoor air, replace your furnace or duct air filter every quarter. 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 furnace is older than 10 years, it’s most likely not nearly as energy-efficient as updated equipment. Before the cooler temperature hits and you’re stuck with a faulty furnace or high heating bills, consider replacing your system.

Buy a Whole-Home Humidifier

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

Install a Programmable Thermostat

We can’t say it enough – a programmable thermostat decreases your energy use and bills no matter what temperature it is. A programmable thermostat will let you turn down your home temperature while you are away to help reduce heating costs, and raise the temperature before you even arrive home to provide the right amount of home comfort.

Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation

Having the ideal amount of attic insulation helps retain heat during the winter, decreasing your energy usage 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 upgrading or installing 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 decreases your energy usage and your energy bills – yes, please!

Get a Furnace Tune-Up

Be sure your furnace is ready to keep your family warm and cozy 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 you stay warm and safe all winter long. Call 540-302-8645 today to schedule your heating tune-up or set up a complimentary in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating and cooling system.

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