Winterize Your Home for the Winter

September 15, 2016

Winter is coming. (Signal Game of Thrones intro.) While you may not have to prepare quite the same way the Starks and Lannisters will, it’s still important to make sure your home is ready for the cold. Here are a few suggestions from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to get you started.

Clear Space Surrounding Air Returns

You won’t need cold air returns in the winter right? Wrong. Make sure your air returns (the bigger vents) are not blocked and that air can flow easily into them. Your cold air returns are needed to help your heating system 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 retain heat inside during the winter months.

Replace Your Home’s Air Filters

With sick season nearing, you want to be sure you’re doing all you can to keep your family healthy. For the well-being of your indoor air, swap out your furnace or duct air filter every 12 weeks. This will also help your system run more efficiently and save you energy, which means decreasing your utility bills.

Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System

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

Invest in a Whole-Home Humidifier

It may not seem logical, but higher humidity, particularly 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 heating system.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

We say it all the time – a programmable thermostat lowers your energy usage and bills no matter what time of year it is. A programmable thermostat will allow you to decrease your home temperature while you are out to help reduce heating costs, and raise the temperature before you even get home to give you the right 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 heater 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.

Cover Plumbing

If you insulate your hot water pipes, it can actually help increase the temperature two or three degrees. Warmer water on a lower setting? That saves you energy and money – yes, please!

Get a Precision Tune-Up

Be sure your furnace is ready to keep your family warm and comfy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Service Experts. Currently we are offering discounts on our fall tune ups to help make sure your home stays warm and safe through the winter. Call 352-414-4006 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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