Winterize Your Home for the Winter Published on September 15, 2016 Winter is coming. (Signal 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 ready for the cold. Here are a couple recommendations from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to get you started. Clear Space Around Air Returns You won’t need cold air returns in the cooler months right? Wrong. Make sure 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 furnace run efficiently. Update Your Windows Windows are a usual way that heat can escape your home, so contemplate replacing old or inefficient windows to help trap heat inside during the cooler months. Replace Your Home’s Air Filters With sick season nearing, you want to verify you’re doing everything you can to keep your family from falling ill. For the health of your indoor air, replace your furnace or duct air filter every quarter. This will also help your system run more efficiently and save you energy, which means lowering your energy bills. Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating SystemIf your furnace is older than ten years, it’s almost certainly not nearly as energy-efficient as newer furnaces. Before the winter hits and you’re stuck with a faulty furnace or high utility bills, consider upgrading your system. Buy a Whole-Home Humidifier It may not make sense when you hear it, but increased humidity, especially in northern climates, can result in your home’s air feeling warmer than it is. Add the other benefits of reducing dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier might be the perfect addition to your heat and air system. Get 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 season it is. A programmable thermostat will enable you to turn down your home temperature while you are away to help decrease heating costs, and increase the temperature before you even arrive home to yield the perfect amount of home comfort. Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation Having the ideal amount of attic insulation helps keep heat from escaping during the winter, lowering your energy use because your furnace doesn’t have to run as much, and therefore saves you money by decreasing your energy bills. Ask your local utility companies about rebates for installing or upgrading your attic insulation. Cover Plumbing By insulating your plumbing pipes, especially hot water pipes, you can actually help boost the temperature a couple of degrees. Hot water on a cooler setting? That decreases your energy usage and your energy bills – yes, please! Get a Heating Tune-Up Make sure your furnace is ready to keep your family warm and comfortable all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Service Experts. Right now we are providing discounts on our heating tune ups to help make sure you stay warm and safe through the cold months. Call 801-871-8425 today to schedule your seasonal tune-up or set up a no-charge in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating system.