Winterize Your Home for the Winter

September 15, 2016

Winter is coming. (Signal Game of Thrones intro.) While you shouldn’t have to prepare quite the same way the Starks and Lannisters will, it’s still crucial to make sure your home is all set for the cold. Here are a couple recommendations from Falso Service Experts to get you started.

Clear Space Around Air Returns

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

Update Your Windows

Windows are a usual way that heat can leak out your home, so consider upgrading old or inefficient windows to help keep heat inside during the cooler months.

Replace Your Home’s Air Filters

With allergy and cold season nearing, you want to make sure you’re doing all you can to keep your family healthy. For the health 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 saving you money on utility bills.

Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System

If your furnace is older than ten years, it’s almost certainly not nearly as energy-efficient as updated furnaces. Before the cold hits and you’re stuck with a faulty furnace or high utility bills, think about upgrading your system.

Buy a Whole-Home Humidifier

It may not seem logical, but higher humidity, particularly in northern climates, can cause your home’s air to feel warmer than it actually is. Include the other benefits of less dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier could be the ultimate addition to your HVAC 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 let you lower your home temperature while you are at work to help reduce heating costs, and raise the temperature before you even arrive home to give you 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, saving you energy because your heater doesn’t have to work as hard, 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

If you insulate your hot water pipes, it can actually help increase the temperature two or three degrees. Hotter water on a lower setting? That saves you energy and money – yes, please!

Get a Precision Tune-Up

Be sure your furnace is ready to keep your family warm and comfortable all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Falso Service Experts. Currently we are offering discounts on our fall tune ups to help make sure you stay warm and safe all winter long. Call 315-313-6531 today to schedule your Precision tune-up or set up a no-charge in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating system.

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