Winterize Your Home for the Winter

September 15, 2016

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

Clear Space Around Air Returns

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

Replace Your Windows

Windows are a usual way that heat can escape your home, so contemplate replacing old or inefficient windows to help trap heat inside during the cooler months.

Replace Your Home’s Air Filters

With sick season coming soon, you want to verify you’re doing all you can to keep your family in good health. For the health of your indoor air, swap out your furnace or duct air filter every three months. This will also help your furnace run more efficiently and save you energy, which means saving you money on heating bills.

Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System

If your heating equipment is older than 12 years, it’s probably not nearly as energy-efficient as newer heating systems. Before the cooler temperature hits and you’re stuck with a malfunctioning furnace or high energy bills, discuss upgrading your system.

Purchase a Whole-Home Humidifier

It may not make sense when you hear it, but more humidity, more so in northern climates, can result in your home’s air feeling warmer than it is. Include the other benefits of decreasing dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier could be the perfect addition to your HVAC system.

Install 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 away to help reduce heating costs, and raise the temperature before you even make it home to yield the ideal amount of home comfort.

Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation

Having the right amount of attic insulation helps keep heat from escaping during the winter, lowering your energy use because your furnace doesn’t have to run as much, and therefore saves you money on heating bill. Check with your local utility companies about rebates on installing or upgrading your home’s insulation.

Wrap Plumbing

Insulating your hot water pipes can actually help raise the temperature a couple of degrees. Hot water on a lower setting? That lowers your energy use and bills – yes, please!

Get a Precision Tune-Up

Verify your heating system is ready to keep you warm and comfy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Service Experts . Right now we are providing discounts on our fall tune ups to help make sure you stay warm and safe all winter long. Call 330-235-1260 today to schedule your seasonal tune-up or set up a free in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient HVAC system.