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 essential to make sure your home is ready for the cold. Here are a few tips from Parker Pearce Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to get you started.

Clear Space Near Air Returns

You shouldn’t need cold air returns in the cold season right? Wrong. Confirm your air returns (the larger vents) are not restricted and that air can flow smoothly through them. Your cold air returns are needed to help your furnace run efficiently.

Upgrade Your Windows

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

Replace Your Home’s Air Filters

With allergy and cold season coming soon, you want to be sure you’re doing anything you can to keep your family from falling ill. For the sake of your indoor air, swap out your furnace or duct air filter every quarter. This will also help your system 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 probably not nearly as energy-efficient as updated heating systems. Before the cold hits and you’re stuck with a failing furnace or high energy bills, think about replacing your system.

Invest in a Whole-Home Humidifier

It may not seem logical, but higher humidity, particularly in northern climates, can result in your home’s air feeling warmer than it is. Joined with the other benefits of decreasing dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier could be the ultimate addition to your heating system.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

We say it all the time – a programmable thermostat lowers your energy usage and bills no matter what season it is. A programmable thermostat will let you turn down your home temperature while you are away to help decrease heating costs, and turn up the temperature before you even arrive home to give you the ideal amount of home comfort.

Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation

Having the ideal amount of attic insulation helps keep heat from escaping during the winter, saving you energy because your heater 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.

Insulate Plumbing

If you insulate your hot water pipes, it can actually help boost the temperature a couple of degrees. Warmer water on a decreased setting? That saves you energy and money – yes, please!

Get a Precision Tune-Up

Make sure your furnace is ready to keep you warm and cozy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Parker Pearce Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. Currently we are offering discounts on our seasonal tune ups to help make sure you stay warm and safe all winter long. Call 301-476-4577 today to schedule your seasonal tune-up or set up a free in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating and cooling system.

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