Winterize Your Home for the Winter Published on September 15, 2016 Winter is coming. (In comes Game of Thrones music.) While you shouldn’t have to prepare quite the same way the Starks and Lannisters will, it’s still critical to make sure your home is all set for the cold. Here are a few tips from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to get you started. Clear Space Around Air Returns You won’t need cold air returns in the winter 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 necessary to help your furnace run efficiently. Upgrade 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 allergy and cold season coming soon, you want to make sure you’re doing all you can to keep your family from falling ill. For the health of your indoor air, replace your furnace or duct air filter every three months. This will also help your equipment run more efficiently and save you energy, which means saving you money on energy bills. Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating SystemIf your system is older than 12 years, it’s almost certainly not nearly as energy-efficient as updated heating systems. Before the winter hits and you’re stuck with a failing furnace or high energy bills, discuss replacing your system. Invest in a Whole-Home Humidifier It may not make sense when you hear it, but more humidity, more so in northern climates, can cause your home’s air to feel warmer than it actually is. Add the other benefits of decreasing 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 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 enable you to decrease your home temperature while you are out to help decrease heating costs, and increase the temperature before you even arrive home to provide the right amount of home comfort. Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation Having the ideal 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. Cover Plumbing If you insulate your hot water pipes, it can actually help increase the temperature a couple of degrees. Hotter water on a lower setting? That saves you energy and money – yes, please! Get a Precision Tune-Up Verify your heating system is ready to keep your family warm and comfy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Service Experts. Currently we are providing discounts on our seasonal tune ups to help make sure you stay warm and safe through the cold months. Call 801-396-0637 today to schedule your Precision tune-up or set up a complimentary in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient HVAC system.