Winterize Your Home for the Winter

September 15, 2016

Winter is coming. (In comes Game of Thrones intro.) While you shouldn’t 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 suggestions from D & K Heating Service Experts to get you started.

Clear Space Near Air Returns

You don’t need cold air returns in the cooler months right? Wrong. Verify your air returns (the bigger vents) are not blocked and that air can flow easily into them. Your cold air returns are necessary to help your heating equipment run efficiently.

Upgrade Your Windows

Windows are a usual way that heat can seep out your home, so contemplate upgrading old or inefficient windows to help retain heat inside during the cooler months.

Replace Your Home’s Air Filters

With allergy and cold season nearing, you want to verify you’re doing anything you can to keep your family healthy. 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 lowering your utility bills.

Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System

If your system is older than 12 years, it’s almost certainly not nearly as energy-efficient as updated equipment. Before the winter hits and you’re stuck with a failing furnace or high energy bills, discuss upgrading your system.

Purchase a Whole-Home Humidifier

It may not make sense when you hear it, but more humidity, particularly in northern climates, can cause your home’s air to feel warmer than it actually is. Add the other benefits of less dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier may be the perfect addition to your HVAC system.

Invest in a Programmable Thermostat

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – a programmable thermostat lowers your energy usage and bills no matter what temperature it is. A programmable thermostat will enable you to decrease your home temperature while you are away to help lower heating costs, and turn up the temperature before you even arrive home to provide the right amount of home comfort.

Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation

Having the right amount of attic insulation helps retain heat during the winter, lowering your energy use because your heater doesn’t have to work as hard, and therefore saves you money by decreasing your energy bills. Check with your local utility companies about rebates on installing or upgrading your home’s insulation.

Wrap Plumbing

If you insulate your hot water pipes, it can actually help raise the temperature two or three degrees. Hot water on a cooler setting? That lowers your energy use and bills – yes, please!

Get a Precision Tune-Up

Be sure your heating system is ready to keep you warm and comfy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from D & K Heating Service Experts. This month we are giving discounts on our heating tune ups to help make sure your family stays warm and safe through the winter. Call 613-707-2421 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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