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 good to go for the cold. Here are a few recommendations from BW/Cook Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to get you started.

Clear Space Around Air Returns

You shouldn’t need cold air returns in the cooler months right? Wrong. Make sure 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 system run efficiently.

Update Your Windows

Windows are a typical way that heat can seep out your home, so contemplate updating old or inefficient windows to help retain heat inside during the cold months.

Replace Your Home’s Air Filters

With allergy and cold season nearing, you want to make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep your family in good health. For the well-being of your indoor air, swap out 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 utility bills.

Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System

If your furnace is older than 12 years, it’s most likely not nearly as energy-efficient as updated heating systems. Before the cooler temperature hits and you’re stuck with a faulty furnace or high heating bills, think about investing in an upgraded system.

Invest in a Whole-Home Humidifier

It may not seem logical, 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 less dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier may be the ultimate addition to your heat and air system.

Get a Programmable Thermostat

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – a programmable thermostat saves you energy and money no matter what temperature it is. A programmable thermostat will allow you to lower your home temperature while you are at work to help lower 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 trap heat in your home during the winter, lowering your energy use 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.

Cover Plumbing

Insulating your hot water pipes can actually help increase the temperature a few degrees. Warmer water on a cooler setting? That saves you energy and money – yes, please!

Get a Heating Tune-Up

Be sure your heater is ready to keep you warm and comfy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from BW/Cook Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. Currently we are offering discounts on our fall tune ups to help make sure your home stays warm and safe through the cold months. Call 574-218-6404 today to schedule your heating tune-up or set up a free in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating system.

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