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 important to make sure your home is good to go for the cold. Here are some suggestions from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to get you started.

Clear Space Surrounding Air Returns

You won’t need cold air returns in the cooler months right? Wrong. Make sure your air returns (the bigger vents) are not obstructed and that air can flow easily into them. Your cold air returns are needed to help your furnace run efficiently.

Upgrade Your Windows

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

Replace Your Home’s Air Filters

With allergy and cold season quickly approaching, you want to make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep your family healthy. For the sake of your indoor air, swap out your furnace or duct air filter every three months. This will also help your furnace run more efficiently and save you energy, which means decreasing your heating bills.

Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System

If your furnace is older than 10 years, it’s almost certainly not nearly as energy-efficient as upgraded heating systems. 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 make sense when you hear it, but increased humidity, more so 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 may be the ideal addition to your HVAC system.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

We can’t say it enough – a programmable thermostat decreases your energy use and bills no matter what season it is. A programmable thermostat will allow you to decrease your home temperature while you are away to help lower heating costs, and turn up the temperature before you even get home to give you the perfect amount of home comfort.

Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation

Having the right amount of attic insulation helps retain heat during the winter, lowering your energy use because your furnace 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

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 lowers your energy use and bills – yes, please!

Get a Precision Tune-Up

Make sure your heater is ready to keep your home warm and comfortable all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Service Experts. Right now we are giving discounts on our fall tune ups to help make sure you stay warm and safe through the cold months. Call 407-329-7661 today to schedule your heating tune-up or set up a complimentary in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient HVAC system.

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