Winterize Your Home for the Winter

September 15, 2016

Winter is coming. (Cue 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 bigger vents) are not blocked and that air can flow easily into them. Your cold air returns are necessary to help your heating system 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 cold and flu season nearing, you want to make sure you’re doing all you can to keep your family in good health. 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 newer furnaces. Before the winter hits and you’re stuck with a faulty furnace or high utility bills, consider replacing your system.

Invest in a Whole-Home Humidifier

It may not seem logical, but more humidity, especially 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 decreases your energy use and bills no matter what temperature it is. A programmable thermostat will let you decrease your home temperature while you are at work to help lower heating costs, and raise the temperature before you even get home to provide the right 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 heater doesn’t have to run as much, 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

Insulating your hot water pipes can actually help raise the temperature two or three degrees. Hotter water on a cooler setting? That lowers your energy use and bills – yes, please!

Get a Furnace Tune-Up

Make sure your heating system is ready to keep you warm and comfortable all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Falso Service Experts. Right now we are providing discounts on our fall tune ups to help make sure your family stays warm and safe all winter long. Call 315-313-6531 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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