Winterize Your Home for the Winter

September 15, 2016

Winter is coming. (Cue Game of Thrones theme.) While you may not have to prepare quite the same way the Starks and Lannisters will, it’s still critical to make sure your home is ready for the cold. Here are some tips from McElroy Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to get you started.

Clear Space Surrounding Air Returns

You won’t need cold air returns in the winter right? Wrong. Verify your air returns (the larger vents) are not restricted and that air can easily flow through them. Your cold air returns are needed to help your heating equipment run efficiently.

Upgrade Your Windows

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

Replace Your Home’s Air Filters

With sick 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, make sure you’re replacing your furnace or duct air filter every three months. This will also help your furnace run more efficiently and save you energy, which means decreasing your energy bills.

Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System

If your heating equipment is older than 10 years, it’s probably not nearly as energy-efficient as updated furnaces. Before the cooler temperature hits and you’re stuck with a failing furnace or high heating bills, think about replacing your system.

Invest in a Whole-Home Humidifier

It may not seem logical, but increased humidity, particularly in northern climates, can cause your home’s air to feel warmer than it actually is. Include the other benefits of decreasing dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier might be the perfect addition to your heat and air system.

Invest in 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 time of year it is. A programmable thermostat will let you lower your home temperature while you are away to help lower heating costs, and raise the temperature before you even get home to provide the perfect amount of home comfort.

Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation

Having the right amount of attic insulation helps keep heat from escaping during the winter, decreasing your energy usage because your heating system doesn’t have to work as hard, and therefore saves you money by decreasing your energy bills. Ask your local utility companies about rebates on installing or upgrading your home’s insulation.

Cover Plumbing

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

Get a Precision Tune-Up

Verify your furnace is ready to keep your family warm and comfortable all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from McElroy Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. Currently we are giving discounts on our seasonal tune ups to help make sure your home stays warm and safe through the winter. Call 308-210-4398 today to schedule your seasonal tune-up or set up a complimentary in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating and cooling system.

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