Winterize Your Home for the Winter

September 15, 2016

Winter is coming. (Signal Game of Thrones theme.) While you shouldn’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 few tips from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to get you started.

Clear Space Surrounding Air Returns

You shouldn’t need cold air returns in the cooler months right? Wrong. Verify your air returns (the bigger vents) are not blocked and that air can easily flow through them. Your cold air returns are needed to help your heating system run efficiently.

Update Your Windows

Windows are a typical way that heat can seep out your home, so consider updating old or inefficient windows to help trap heat inside during the winter months.

Replace Your Home’s Air Filters

With sick season coming soon, you want to make sure you’re doing anything you can to keep your family in good health. For the sake of your indoor air, make sure you’re replacing your furnace or duct air filter every three months. This will also help your system run more efficiently and save you energy, which means lowering your utility bills.

Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System

If your system is older than ten years, it’s probably not nearly as energy-efficient as newer furnaces. Before the winter hits and you’re stuck with a failing furnace or high energy bills, consider upgrading your system.

Invest in a Whole-Home Humidifier

It may not make sense when you hear it, but increased humidity, particularly in northern climates, can make your home’s air feel warmer than it is. Add 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 lowers your energy usage and bills no matter what temperature it is. A programmable thermostat will let you decrease 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 correct amount of attic insulation helps trap heat in your home during the winter, decreasing your energy usage because your heater doesn’t have to work as hard, and therefore saves you money by decreasing your energy bills. Inquire with your local utility companies about rebates for upgrading or installing your attic insulation.

Cover Plumbing

Insulating your hot water pipes can actually help boost the temperature a few degrees. Warmer water on a lower setting? That lowers your energy use and bills – yes, please!

Get a Heating 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 providing discounts on our fall tune ups to help make sure you stay warm and safe through the winter. Call 704-464-4307 today to schedule your heating tune-up or set up a no-charge in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating system.

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