Winterize Your Home for the Winter

September 15, 2016

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

Clear Space Near Air Returns

You won’t need cold air returns in the cold season right? Wrong. Make sure your air returns (the more sizable vents) are not restricted and that air can easily flow through 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 leak out your home, so contemplate upgrading old or inefficient windows to help trap heat inside during the cold months.

Replace Your Home’s Air Filters

With sick season coming soon, you want to make sure you’re doing all 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 quarter. This will also help your furnace run more efficiently and save you energy, which means saving you money on energy bills.

Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System

If your heating equipment is older than 10 years, it’s almost certainly not nearly as energy-efficient as updated equipment. Before the cooler temperature hits and you’re stuck with a failing furnace or high heating bills, think about replacing your system.

Invest in a Whole-Home Humidifier

It may not sound right, but higher humidity, especially in northern climates, can cause your home’s air to feel warmer than it actually is. Include the other benefits of less dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier could be the perfect addition to your heat and air system.

Invest in a Programmable Thermostat

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – a programmable thermostat lowers your energy usage and bills no matter what season 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 get home to provide 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 heating system doesn’t have to run as much, and therefore saves you money on heating bill. Ask 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 heating system 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 seasonal tune ups to help make sure your family stays warm and safe through the cold months. Call 289-201-2346 today to schedule your heating tune-up or set up a free in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating system.

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