Winterize Your Home for the Winter

September 15, 2016

Winter is coming. (Signal Game of Thrones theme.) While you probably won’t have to prepare quite the same way the Starks and Lannisters will, it’s still crucial to make sure your home is good to go for the cold. Here are a few suggestions from Levy & Son Service Experts to get you started.

Clear Space Surrounding Air Returns

You won’t need cold air returns in the cold season right? Wrong. Verify your air returns (the bigger vents) are not obstructed and that air can flow smoothly through them. Your cold air returns are necessary to help your furnace run efficiently.

Update Your Windows

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

Replace Your Home’s Air Filters

With cold and flu season quickly approaching, you want to be sure you’re doing everything you can to keep your family from falling ill. For the well-being of your indoor air, replace your furnace or duct air filter every few months. This will also help your equipment run more efficiently and save you energy, which means saving you money on heating bills.

Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System

If your heating equipment is older than 12 years, it’s almost certainly not nearly as energy-efficient as newer furnaces. 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 make sense when you hear it, but more humidity, more so 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 may be the ideal addition to your HVAC 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 temperature it is. A programmable thermostat will allow you to decrease your home temperature while you are away to help reduce heating costs, and raise the temperature before you even make it home to give you the right amount of home comfort.

Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation

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

Cover Plumbing

Insulating your hot water pipes can actually help raise the temperature two or three degrees. Hot water on a lower setting? That decreases your energy usage and your energy bills – yes, please!

Get a Furnace Tune-Up

Make sure your furnace is ready to keep you warm and cozy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Levy & Son Service Experts. This month we are giving discounts on our fall tune ups to help make sure your family stays warm and safe all winter long. Call 469-250-0932 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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