Winterize Your Home for the Winter

September 15, 2016

Winter is coming. (Cue Game of Thrones music.) 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 ready for the cold. Here are a few tips from Calverley Service Experts to get you started.

Clear Space Around Air Returns

You shouldn’t need cold air returns in the cold season right? Wrong. Verify your air returns (the bigger vents) are not blocked and that air can flow smoothly through them. Your cold air returns are required to help your heating equipment run efficiently.

Upgrade Your Windows

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

Replace Your Home’s Air Filters

With sick season nearing, you want to be sure you’re doing anything you can to keep your family from falling ill. For the sake of your indoor air, make sure you’re replacing your furnace or duct air filter every three months. This will also help your system run more efficiently and save you energy, which means decreasing your 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 updated furnaces. Before the cold hits and you’re stuck with a malfunctioning furnace or high energy bills, think about investing in an upgraded system.

Invest in a Whole-Home Humidifier

It may not sound right, but more humidity, more so in northern climates, can cause your home’s air to feel warmer than it actually is. Joined with the other benefits of reducing dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier might 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 decrease heating costs, and turn up the temperature before you even get home to yield the right amount of home comfort.

Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation

Having the right amount of attic insulation helps retain heat during the winter, decreasing your energy usage because your furnace doesn’t have to operate as much, and therefore saves you money by decreasing your energy bills. Ask your local utility companies about rebates for upgrading or installing your attic insulation.

Insulate Plumbing

By insulating your plumbing pipes, especially hot water pipes, you can actually help boost the temperature a couple of degrees. Hot water on a cooler setting? That saves you energy and money – yes, please!

Get a Furnace Tune-Up

Verify your heater is ready to keep you warm and comfy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Calverley Service Experts. Right now we are giving discounts on our heating tune ups to help make sure your family stays warm and safe through the cold months. Call 817-380-5647 today to schedule your seasonal tune-up or set up a free in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient HVAC system.

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