Winterize Your Home for the Winter

September 15, 2016

Winter is coming. (Cue Game of Thrones theme.) While you shouldn’t have to prepare quite the same way the Starks and Lannisters will, it’s still important to make sure your home is all set for the cold. Here are a few recommendations from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to get you started.

Clear Space Surrounding Air Returns

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

Replace Your Windows

Windows are a typical way that heat can get out of your home, so consider updating old or inefficient windows to help retain heat inside during the cold months.

Replace Your Home’s Air Filters

With sick season nearing, you want to make sure you’re doing anything you can to keep your family healthy. For the health of your indoor air, swap out your furnace or duct air filter every 12 weeks. 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 system is older than 12 years, it’s probably not nearly as energy-efficient as newer furnaces. Before the winter hits and you’re stuck with a faulty furnace or high heating bills, discuss investing in an upgraded system.

Invest in 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. Include the other benefits of reducing dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier could be the ultimate addition to your HVAC system.

Invest in a Programmable Thermostat

We say it all the time – a programmable thermostat decreases your energy use and bills no matter what temperature it is. A programmable thermostat will allow you to turn down your home temperature while you are away to help lower heating costs, and raise the temperature before you even make it home to provide the perfect amount of home comfort.

Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation

Having the ideal amount of attic insulation helps keep heat from escaping during the winter, decreasing your energy usage because your furnace doesn’t have to run as much, and therefore saves you money by lowering your heating costs. Inquire 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 lower setting? That decreases your energy usage and your energy bills – yes, please!

Get a Precision Tune-Up

Verify your heater is ready to keep your home warm and comfy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Service Experts. Right now we are offering discounts on our fall tune ups to help make sure your home stays warm and safe through the winter. Call 613-817-1591 today to schedule your heating tune-up or set up a no-charge in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating system.

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