Winterize Your Home for the Winter

September 15, 2016

Winter is coming. (Cue Game of Thrones music.) While you probably won’t have to prepare quite the same way the Starks and Lannisters will, it’s still crucial to make sure your home is all set for the cold. Here are a couple tips from Finch Air Conditioning & Heating Inc to get you started.

Clear Space Around Air Returns

You won’t need cold air returns in the cold season right? Wrong. Make sure your air returns (the bigger vents) are not restricted and that air can flow easily into them. Your cold air returns are needed to help your heating equipment run efficiently.

Replace Your Windows

Windows are a typical way that heat can leak out your home, so contemplate upgrading old or inefficient windows to help retain 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 all you can to keep your family healthy. For the sake 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 energy bills.

Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System

If your heating equipment is older than 12 years, it’s probably not nearly as energy-efficient as upgraded heating systems. Before the cooler temperature hits and you’re stuck with a faulty furnace or high utility bills, think about investing in an upgraded system.

Invest in a Whole-Home Humidifier

It may not sound right, but higher humidity, more so in northern climates, can result in your home’s air feeling warmer than it is. Joined with the other benefits of reducing dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier may be the ideal addition to your heat and air system.

Invest in a Programmable Thermostat

We can’t say it enough – a programmable thermostat decreases your energy use and bills no matter what temperature it is. A programmable thermostat will allow you to decrease your home temperature while you are away to help lower heating costs, and raise the temperature before you even arrive home to give you the perfect amount of home comfort.

Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation

Having the correct amount of attic insulation helps keep heat from escaping during the winter, saving you energy because your furnace doesn’t have to run as much, and therefore saves you money on heating bill. Check with your local utility companies about rebates for upgrading or installing your attic insulation.

Insulate Plumbing

Insulating your hot water pipes can actually help boost the temperature two or three degrees. Hotter water on a lower setting? That saves you energy and money – yes, please!

Get a Precision Tune-Up

Make sure your heater is ready to keep your family warm and comfy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Finch Air Conditioning & Heating Inc. Right now we are providing discounts on our fall tune ups to help make sure you stay warm and safe all winter long. Call 281-407-9478 today to schedule your seasonal tune-up or set up a free in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient HVAC system.

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