Winterize Your Home for the Winter

September 15, 2016

Winter is coming. (Signal Game of Thrones music.) While you shouldn’t have to prepare quite the same way the Starks and Lannisters will, it’s still essential to make sure your home is ready for the cold. Here are a few suggestions from Bryant Heating & Cooling Service Experts to get you started.

Clear Space Near Air Returns

You shouldn’t need cold air returns in the cold season right? Wrong. Make sure your air returns (the more sizable vents) are not blocked and that air can easily flow through them. Your cold air returns are necessary to help your heating system run efficiently.

Update Your Windows

Windows are a typical way that heat can escape your home, so contemplate replacing old or inefficient windows to help retain heat inside during the cooler 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, replace your furnace or duct air filter every quarter. This will also help your system run more efficiently and save you energy, which means lowering your energy bills.

Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System

If your furnace is older than ten years, it’s most likely not nearly as energy-efficient as upgraded furnaces. Before the cooler temperature hits and you’re stuck with a failing furnace or high heating bills, consider investing in an upgraded system.

Buy a Whole-Home Humidifier

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

Get a Programmable Thermostat

We say it all the time – a programmable thermostat decreases your energy use and bills no matter what time of year it is. A programmable thermostat will let you decrease your home temperature while you are out to help decrease heating costs, and raise the temperature before you even arrive home to provide the ideal amount of home comfort.

Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation

Having the correct amount of attic insulation helps trap heat in your home during the winter, decreasing your energy usage because your furnace doesn’t have to run as much, and therefore saves you money by lowering your heating costs. Ask your local utility companies about rebates for installing or upgrading your attic insulation.

Insulate Plumbing

If you insulate your hot water pipes, it can actually help raise the temperature two or three degrees. Hot water on a lower setting? That lowers your energy use and bills – yes, please!

Get a Heating Tune-Up

Be sure your furnace is ready to keep your home warm and comfortable all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Bryant Heating & Cooling Service Experts. This month we are giving discounts on our seasonal tune ups to help make sure you stay warm and safe all winter long. Call 226-773-3357 today to schedule your seasonal tune-up or set up a no-charge in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating system.

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