Winterize Your Home for the Winter

September 15, 2016

Winter is coming. (In comes Game of Thrones music.) While you may not have to prepare quite the same way the Starks and Lannisters will, it’s still crucial to make sure your home is good to go for the cold. Here are some suggestions from Strand Brothers Service Experts to get you started.

Clear Space Near Air Returns

You don’t need cold air returns in the winter right? Wrong. Confirm your air returns (the more sizable vents) are not obstructed and that air can flow easily into them. Your cold air returns are needed to help your heating system 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 winter months.

Replace Your Home’s Air Filters

With sick season nearing, you want to make sure you’re doing anything 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 equipment run more efficiently and save you energy, which means decreasing your energy bills.

Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System

If your system is older than 10 years, it’s almost certainly not nearly as energy-efficient as newer furnaces. Before the winter hits and you’re stuck with a failing furnace or high energy bills, consider replacing your system.

Buy a Whole-Home Humidifier

It may not make sense when you hear it, but higher humidity, more so in northern climates, can make your home’s air feel warmer than it is. Joined with the other benefits of decreasing dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier might be the ultimate addition to your HVAC system.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

We say it all the time – a programmable thermostat lowers your energy usage and bills no matter what temperature it is. A programmable thermostat will allow you to lower your home temperature while you are out to help decrease heating costs, and increase the temperature before you even arrive home to give you the ideal amount of home comfort.

Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation

Having the right amount of attic insulation helps keep heat from escaping during the winter, saving you energy because your heating system 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.

Wrap Plumbing

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

Get a Furnace Tune-Up

Be sure your heating system is ready to keep your home warm and comfy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Strand Brothers Service Experts. Currently we are providing discounts on our heating tune ups to help make sure you stay warm and safe all winter long. Call 512-596-1257 today to schedule your heating tune-up or set up a complimentary in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient HVAC system.

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