Winterize Your Home for the Winter

September 15, 2016

Winter is coming. (In comes Game of Thrones intro.) While you shouldn’t have to prepare quite the same way the Starks and Lannisters will, it’s still critical 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 Near Air Returns

You won’t need cold air returns in the cold season 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 required to help your heating system run efficiently.

Replace Your Windows

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

Replace Your Home’s Air Filters

With allergy and cold season nearing, you want to verify 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 few months. This will also help your system run more efficiently and save you energy, which means decreasing your energy 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 upgraded heating systems. Before the winter hits and you’re stuck with a faulty furnace or high heating bills, consider investing in an upgraded system.

Purchase a Whole-Home Humidifier

It may not make sense when you hear it, but higher humidity, especially in northern climates, can cause your home’s air to feel warmer than it actually is. Joined with 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 decreases your energy use and bills no matter what season it is. A programmable thermostat will let you lower your home temperature while you are at work to help reduce heating costs, and raise the temperature before you even get home to give you the ideal 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 operate 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 few degrees. Warmer water on a cooler setting? That lowers your energy use and bills – yes, please!

Get a Heating Tune-Up

Make sure your heating system is ready to keep your home warm and cozy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Service Experts. Right now we are providing discounts on our seasonal tune ups to help make sure your home stays warm and safe through the winter. Call 440-252-1375 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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