Winterize Your Home for the Winter

    September 15, 2016

    Winter is coming. (In comes Game of Thrones theme.) 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 tips 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. 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 required to help your furnace 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 keep heat inside during the cold 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 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 equipment run more efficiently and save you energy, which means decreasing your heating 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 updated furnaces. Before the cold hits and you’re stuck with a failing furnace or high heating bills, think about replacing your system.

    Buy a Whole-Home Humidifier

    It may not make sense when you hear it, but more humidity, more so in northern climates, can cause your home’s air to feel warmer than it actually 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 decrease your home temperature while you are out to help decrease heating costs, and turn up 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. Ask your local utility companies about rebates for installing or upgrading your attic insulation.

    Insulate Plumbing

    Insulating your hot water pipes can actually help raise the temperature two or three degrees. Hot water on a lower 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 your family stays 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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