Winterize Your Home for the Winter

September 15, 2016

Winter is coming. (In comes Game of Thrones music.) 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 a few suggestions from Pardee Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to get you started.

Clear Space Around Air Returns

You shouldn’t need cold air returns in the cold season right? Wrong. Confirm your air returns (the bigger vents) are not blocked and that air can easily flow through them. Your cold air returns are needed to help your heating system run efficiently.

Update Your Windows

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

Replace Your Home’s Air Filters

With allergy and cold season coming soon, you want to make sure you’re doing all you can to keep your family healthy. For the health of your indoor air, replace 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 heating bills.

Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System

If your furnace is older than ten years, it’s most likely not nearly as energy-efficient as updated heating systems. Before the cooler temperature hits and you’re stuck with a malfunctioning furnace or high heating bills, consider upgrading your system.

Purchase a Whole-Home Humidifier

It may not seem logical, but increased humidity, particularly in northern climates, can result in your home’s air feeling warmer than it is. Add the other benefits of less dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier might be the ideal 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 time of year it is. A programmable thermostat will let you decrease your home temperature while you are away to help reduce heating costs, and turn up 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 trap heat in your home during the winter, decreasing your energy usage because your heating system doesn’t have to run as much, and therefore saves you money by lowering your heating costs. Check with 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 cooler setting? That saves you energy and money – yes, please!

Get a Precision Tune-Up

Be sure your heater is ready to keep your family warm and comfortable all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Pardee Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. This month we are providing discounts on our heating 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 complimentary in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating and cooling system.

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