Winterize Your Home for the Winter

September 15, 2016

Winter is coming. (Signal Game of Thrones theme.) 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 ready for the cold. Here are a few tips from Coastal Service Experts to get you started.

Clear Space Near Air Returns

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

Replace Your Windows

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

Replace Your Home’s Air Filters

With allergy and cold season nearing, you want to make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep your family in good health. For the well-being of your indoor air, swap out your furnace or duct air filter every three months. This will also help your equipment 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 ten years, it’s almost certainly not nearly as energy-efficient as upgraded furnaces. Before the winter hits and you’re stuck with a failing furnace or high heating bills, consider upgrading your system.

Buy a Whole-Home Humidifier

It may not sound right, but increased humidity, especially in northern climates, can make your home’s air feel 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.

Invest in a Programmable Thermostat

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – a programmable thermostat saves you energy and money no matter what temperature it is. A programmable thermostat will enable you to turn down your home temperature while you are away to help reduce heating costs, and raise the temperature before you even make it home to provide the right 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 by lowering your heating costs. Ask 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 couple of degrees. Warmer water on a lower 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 comfortable all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Coastal Service Experts. Currently we are offering discounts on our heating tune ups to help make sure you stay warm and safe all winter long. Call 912-208-2399 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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