Winterize Your Home for the Winter

September 15, 2016

Winter is coming. (Cue Game of Thrones intro.) 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 good to go for the cold. Here are a few tips from Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to get you started.

Clear Space Near Air Returns

You won’t need cold air returns in the cooler months right? Wrong. Verify your air returns (the more sizable vents) are not blocked and that air can flow smoothly through them. Your cold air returns are necessary to help your furnace run efficiently.

Update Your Windows

Windows are a typical way that heat can seep 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 allergy and cold season coming soon, you want to make sure you’re doing anything you can to keep your family in good health. For the well-being of your indoor air, make sure you’re replacing your furnace or duct air filter every quarter. This will also help your furnace 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 ten years, it’s almost certainly not nearly as energy-efficient as updated equipment. Before the cold hits and you’re stuck with a faulty furnace or high energy bills, consider replacing your system.

Buy a Whole-Home Humidifier

It may not seem logical, but increased humidity, especially in northern climates, can cause your home’s air to feel warmer than it actually is. Add the other benefits of decreasing dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier may be the perfect addition to your heating system.

Invest in a Programmable Thermostat

We say it all the time – a programmable thermostat saves you energy and money no matter what season it is. A programmable thermostat will allow you to lower your home temperature while you are at work to help lower heating costs, and raise the temperature before you even make it home to yield the perfect amount of home comfort.

Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation

Having the ideal amount of attic insulation helps retain heat during the winter, saving you energy because your heating system doesn’t have to run as much, and therefore saves you money by decreasing your energy bills. Check with your local utility companies about rebates for installing or upgrading your attic insulation.

Insulate 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 decreases your energy usage and your energy bills – yes, please!

Get a Furnace Tune-Up

Be sure your heater is ready to keep your home warm and comfortable all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. Right now we are giving discounts on our fall tune ups to help make sure your home stays warm and safe all winter long. Call 251-202-7503 today to schedule your heating tune-up or set up a complimentary in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating system.

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