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 few recommendations from BW/Cook Service Experts to get you started.

Clear Space Near Air Returns

You shouldn’t need cold air returns in the cooler months right? Wrong. Confirm your air returns (the larger vents) are not obstructed and that air can flow smoothly through them. Your cold air returns are required to help your furnace run efficiently.

Update Your Windows

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

Replace Your Home’s Air Filters

With cold and flu season nearing, you want to make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep your family healthy. 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 system is older than 12 years, it’s probably not nearly as energy-efficient as updated heating systems. Before the cooler temperature hits and you’re stuck with a faulty furnace or high energy bills, consider investing in an upgraded system.

Buy 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 decreasing 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 can’t say it enough – 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 reduce heating costs, and turn up the temperature before you even arrive home to yield the perfect 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 heater doesn’t have to work as hard, and therefore saves you money on heating bill. Check with your local utility companies about rebates for installing or upgrading your attic insulation.

Cover Plumbing

If you insulate your hot water pipes, it can actually help increase the temperature two or three degrees. Warmer water on a lower 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 cozy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from BW/Cook Service Experts. Currently we are providing 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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