Winterize Your Home for the Winter

September 15, 2016

Winter is coming. (In comes Game of Thrones theme.) While you probably won’t have to prepare quite the same way the Starks and Lannisters will, it’s still critical to make sure your home is good to go for the cold. Here are a few recommendations from Bob Brown Service Experts to get you started.

Clear Space Around Air Returns

You won’t need cold air returns in the cold season right? Wrong. Make sure your air returns (the bigger vents) are not obstructed and that air can flow smoothly through them. Your cold air returns are needed to help your heating equipment run efficiently.

Upgrade Your Windows

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

Replace Your Home’s Air Filters

With cold and flu season nearing, you want to be sure you’re doing everything you can to keep your family from falling ill. For the well-being of your indoor air, replace 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 10 years, it’s most likely not nearly as energy-efficient as newer furnaces. Before the cold hits and you’re stuck with a faulty furnace or high heating bills, think about upgrading your system.

Purchase a Whole-Home Humidifier

It may not seem logical, but increased humidity, especially in northern climates, can cause your home’s air to feel warmer than it actually is. Joined with the other benefits of less dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier may be the ultimate addition to your heating system.

Invest in a Programmable Thermostat

We say it all the time – a programmable thermostat saves you energy and money no matter what season it is. A programmable thermostat will let you decrease your home temperature while you are at work to help lower heating costs, and increase the temperature before you even make it home to yield the perfect amount of home comfort.

Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation

Having the ideal amount of attic insulation helps keep heat from escaping during the winter, decreasing your energy usage because your heating system doesn’t have to operate as much, and therefore saves you money by lowering your heating costs. Ask your local utility companies about rebates for upgrading or installing your attic insulation.

Insulate Plumbing

By insulating your plumbing pipes, especially hot water pipes, you 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 heating system is ready to keep your home warm and cozy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Bob Brown Service Experts. This month we are offering discounts on our heating tune ups to help make sure you stay warm and safe through the winter. Call 623-243-4517 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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