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 crucial 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 Near Air Returns

You won’t need cold air returns in the winter right? Wrong. Confirm your air returns (the more sizable 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.

Upgrade Your Windows

Windows are a typical way that heat can seep out 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 cold and flu season quickly approaching, you want to verify 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 three months. This will also help your equipment run more efficiently and save you energy, which means saving you money on heating bills.

Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System

If your heating equipment is older than ten years, it’s probably not nearly as energy-efficient as upgraded heating systems. Before the cold hits and you’re stuck with a faulty furnace or high energy bills, consider replacing your system.

Invest in a Whole-Home Humidifier

It may not make sense when you hear it, but more humidity, more so in northern climates, can cause your home’s air to feel warmer than it actually is. Add the other benefits of less dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier may be the ideal addition to your HVAC system.

Get a Programmable Thermostat

We can’t say it enough – a programmable thermostat saves you energy and money no matter what season it is. A programmable thermostat will let you turn down your home temperature while you are at work to help lower heating costs, and turn up the temperature before you even arrive home to give you the perfect amount of home comfort.

Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation

Having the correct amount of attic insulation helps keep heat from escaping during the winter, saving you energy because your heater doesn’t have to run as much, and therefore saves you money by decreasing your energy bills. Check with your local utility companies about rebates for installing or upgrading your attic insulation.

Insulate Plumbing

If you insulate your hot water pipes, it 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 heater is ready to keep you warm and cozy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Service Experts. This month we are giving discounts on our seasonal tune ups to help make sure your family stays warm and safe through the winter. Call 561-629-1826 today to schedule your heating tune-up or set up a free in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating and cooling system.

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