Winterize Your Home for the Winter

September 15, 2016

Winter is coming. (Signal Game of Thrones theme.) While you may not have to prepare quite the same way the Starks and Lannisters will, it’s still critical to make sure your home is ready for the cold. Here are a couple recommendations from Service Experts Commercial HVAC to get you started.

Clear Space Near Air Returns

You don’t need cold air returns in the winter right? Wrong. Confirm your air returns (the more sizable vents) are not restricted and that air can flow easily into them. Your cold air returns are required to help your heating equipment run efficiently.

Replace Your Windows

Windows are a common way that heat can get out of your home, so contemplate upgrading old or inefficient windows to help trap heat inside during the winter months.

Replace Your Home’s Air Filters

With sick season quickly approaching, you want to be sure you’re doing everything you can to keep your family healthy. For the well-being of your indoor air, swap out your furnace or duct air filter every quarter. This will also help your system run more efficiently and save you energy, which means lowering your heating bills.

Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System

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

Buy a Whole-Home Humidifier

It may not seem logical, but more humidity, especially in northern climates, can make your home’s air feel warmer than it is. Include the other benefits of less dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier could be the ideal 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 time of year it is. A programmable thermostat will let you turn down your home temperature while you are out to help reduce heating costs, and turn up the temperature before you even arrive home to give you the right 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 by lowering your heating costs. Check with your local utility companies about rebates on installing or upgrading your home’s insulation.

Insulate Plumbing

By insulating your plumbing pipes, especially hot water pipes, you can actually help increase the temperature a couple of degrees. Warmer water on a decreased setting? That lowers your energy use and bills – yes, please!

Get a Precision Tune-Up

Be sure your furnace is ready to keep your home warm and comfortable all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Service Experts Commercial HVAC. Currently we are providing discounts on our heating tune ups to help make sure your family stays warm and safe all winter long. Call 905-453-6700 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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