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 critical to make sure your home is good to go for the cold. Here are some suggestions from Pardee Service Experts to get you started.

Clear Space Around Air Returns

You shouldn’t need cold air returns in the winter right? Wrong. Confirm your air returns (the larger vents) are not obstructed and that air can flow easily into them. Your cold air returns are required to help your heating system run efficiently.

Replace Your Windows

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

Replace Your Home’s Air Filters

With allergy and cold season quickly approaching, you want to make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep your family in good health. For the health 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 system is older than ten years, it’s probably not nearly as energy-efficient as newer furnaces. Before the cooler temperature hits and you’re stuck with a failing furnace or high heating bills, think about replacing your system.

Purchase a Whole-Home Humidifier

It may not sound right, but increased humidity, especially in northern climates, can result in your home’s air feeling warmer than it is. Add the other benefits of decreasing dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier might be the perfect addition to your heat and air system.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

We can’t say it enough – a programmable thermostat saves you energy and money no matter what time of year it is. A programmable thermostat will let you lower your home temperature while you are away to help reduce heating costs, and increase the temperature before you even make it home to give you the perfect amount of home comfort.

Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation

Having the right amount of attic insulation helps trap heat in your home during the winter, decreasing your energy usage because your heating system doesn’t have to work as hard, and therefore saves you money by lowering your heating costs. Ask your local utility companies about rebates for upgrading or installing your attic insulation.

Wrap Plumbing

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

Get a Precision Tune-Up

Be sure your heater is ready to keep you warm and comfortable all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Pardee Service Experts. This month we are offering discounts on our seasonal tune ups to help make sure your home stays warm and safe through the cold months. Call 843-410-6103 today to schedule your Precision tune-up or set up a free in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating and cooling system.

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