Winterize Your Home for the Winter

September 15, 2016

Winter is coming. (Signal Game of Thrones music.) 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 ready for the cold. Here are a few suggestions from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to get you started.

Clear Space Near Air Returns

You shouldn’t need cold air returns in the winter right? Wrong. Verify your air returns (the bigger vents) are not restricted and that air can flow smoothly through them. Your cold air returns are necessary to help your heating system run efficiently.

Replace Your Windows

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

Replace Your Home’s Air Filters

With allergy and cold season nearing, you want to be sure you’re doing anything you can to keep your family healthy. For the health of your indoor air, make sure you’re replacing your furnace or duct air filter every three months. This will also help your equipment run more efficiently and save you energy, which means decreasing your energy bills.

Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System

If your furnace is older than 12 years, it’s most likely not nearly as energy-efficient as newer equipment. Before the winter hits and you’re stuck with a faulty furnace or high utility bills, consider investing in an upgraded system.

Purchase a Whole-Home Humidifier

It may not make sense when you hear it, but higher humidity, particularly in northern climates, can result in your home’s air feeling 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 heat and air system.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

We can’t say it enough – a programmable thermostat saves you energy and money no matter what temperature it is. A programmable thermostat will allow you to turn down your home temperature while you are out to help lower heating costs, and increase the temperature before you even arrive home to yield 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, lowering your energy use because your heating system doesn’t have to run as much, and therefore saves you money on heating bill. Check with 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 a couple of 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 heater is ready to keep your home warm and comfortable all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Service Experts. Currently we are giving discounts on our seasonal tune ups to help make sure your family stays warm and safe through the winter. Call 321-428-7635 today to schedule your seasonal tune-up or set up a complimentary in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating and cooling system.

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