Winterize Your Home for the Winter

September 15, 2016

Winter is coming. (Cue Game of Thrones music.) While you may not have to prepare quite the same way the Starks and Lannisters will, it’s still essential to make sure your home is good to go for the cold. Here are a couple tips from Becht/Givens Service Experts to get you started.

Clear Space Around Air Returns

You don’t need cold air returns in the cooler months right? Wrong. Make sure your air returns (the more sizable vents) are not blocked and that air can easily flow through them. Your cold air returns are needed to help your furnace run efficiently.

Upgrade Your Windows

Windows are a usual way that heat can escape your home, so think about upgrading old or inefficient windows to help trap heat inside during the winter months.

Replace Your Home’s Air Filters

With sick season quickly approaching, you want to verify you’re doing anything you can to keep your family from falling ill. For the health of your indoor air, replace your furnace or duct air filter every 12 weeks. This will also help your furnace run more efficiently and save you energy, which means saving you money on heating bills.

Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System

If your furnace is older than ten years, it’s most likely not nearly as energy-efficient as newer furnaces. Before the winter hits and you’re stuck with a malfunctioning furnace or high utility bills, discuss replacing your system.

Purchase a Whole-Home Humidifier

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

Install 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 time of year it is. A programmable thermostat will enable you to turn down your home temperature while you are at work to help decrease heating costs, and increase the temperature before you even arrive home to provide the right 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, decreasing your energy usage because your heating system doesn’t have to operate as much, and therefore saves you money on heating bill. Inquire with your local utility companies about rebates on installing or upgrading your home’s insulation.

Wrap Plumbing

Insulating your hot water pipes can actually help boost the temperature a few degrees. Hot water on a lower setting? That lowers your energy use and bills – yes, please!

Get a Precision Tune-Up

Verify your heating system is ready to keep you warm and cozy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Becht/Givens Service Experts. Right now we are giving discounts on our seasonal tune ups to help make sure your home stays warm and safe through the cold months. Call 502-785-8230 today to schedule your heating tune-up or set up a no-charge in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient HVAC system.

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