Winterize Your Home for the Winter

September 15, 2016

Winter is coming. (In comes Game of Thrones music.) 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 some recommendations from Bob Brown Service Experts to get you started.

Clear Space Around Air Returns

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

Upgrade Your Windows

Windows are a usual way that heat can get out of your home, so think about updating old or inefficient windows to help keep heat inside during the winter 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, make sure you’re replacing 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 updated furnaces. Before the winter hits and you’re stuck with a faulty furnace or high heating bills, consider replacing your system.

Purchase a Whole-Home Humidifier

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

Invest in a Programmable Thermostat

We say it all the time – a programmable thermostat decreases your energy use and bills no matter what season it is. A programmable thermostat will let you decrease your home temperature while you are at work to help reduce heating costs, and turn up the temperature before you even make it home to yield the right amount of home comfort.

Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation

Having the ideal amount of attic insulation helps retain heat during the winter, saving you energy because your heating system doesn’t have to operate as much, and therefore saves you money on heating bill. Check with your local utility companies about rebates on installing or upgrading your home’s insulation.

Insulate Plumbing

By insulating your plumbing pipes, especially hot water pipes, you can actually help increase the temperature a few degrees. Warmer water on a cooler setting? That saves you energy and money – yes, please!

Get a Heating Tune-Up

Make sure your heating system is ready to keep your home warm and comfy 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 HVAC system.

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