Winterize Your Home for the Winter

September 15, 2016

Winter is coming. (Cue Game of Thrones intro.) 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 all set for the cold. Here are a few suggestions 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. Confirm your air returns (the bigger vents) are not blocked and that air can flow easily into them. Your cold air returns are necessary to help your heating system run efficiently.

Replace Your Windows

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

Replace Your Home’s Air Filters

With cold and flu season nearing, you want to make sure you’re doing anything you can to keep your family from falling ill. For the health 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 saving you money on utility bills.

Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System

If your heating equipment is older than 10 years, it’s probably not nearly as energy-efficient as newer heating systems. Before the winter hits and you’re stuck with a faulty furnace or high energy bills, discuss replacing your system.

Invest in a Whole-Home Humidifier

It may not seem logical, but higher humidity, more so in northern climates, can cause your home’s air to feel warmer than it actually is. Joined with the other benefits of decreasing dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier may be the perfect addition to your heat and air system.

Invest in a Programmable Thermostat

We can’t say it enough – a programmable thermostat lowers your energy usage and bills no matter what season it is. A programmable thermostat will enable you to turn down your home temperature while you are out to help lower heating costs, and turn up the temperature before you even make it home to provide the perfect amount of home comfort.

Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation

Having the correct amount of attic insulation helps retain heat during the winter, lowering your energy use because your furnace doesn’t have to work as hard, and therefore saves you money by decreasing your energy bills. 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 boost the temperature a couple of degrees. Warmer water on a decreased setting? That saves you energy and money – yes, please!

Get a Precision Tune-Up

Be sure your heating system is ready to keep you warm and comfortable all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Service Experts. This month we are giving discounts on our heating tune ups to help make sure your family stays warm and safe all winter long. Call 919-578-4329 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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