Winterize Your Home for the Winter

September 15, 2016

Winter is coming. (Signal Game of Thrones intro.) While you may not have to prepare quite the same way the Starks and Lannisters will, it’s still important to make sure your home is good to go for the cold. Here are a few tips from Donelson Air Service Experts to get you started.

Clear Space Surrounding Air Returns

You won’t need cold air returns in the cooler months 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 required to help your furnace run efficiently.

Replace Your Windows

Windows are a usual 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 sick season nearing, you want to be sure you’re doing all you can to keep your family from falling ill. For the well-being of your indoor air, swap out your furnace or duct air filter every quarter. This will also help your equipment run more efficiently and save you energy, which means lowering your energy bills.

Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System

If your furnace is older than 10 years, it’s probably not nearly as energy-efficient as newer furnaces. Before the winter hits and you’re stuck with a failing furnace or high heating bills, discuss investing in an upgraded system.

Invest in a Whole-Home Humidifier

It may not seem logical, but more humidity, especially in northern climates, can cause your home’s air to feel warmer than it actually is. Include the other benefits of decreasing dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier might be the perfect 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 turn down your home temperature while you are out to help lower heating costs, and turn up the temperature before you even get home to provide 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 heating system doesn’t have to operate 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

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 Heating Tune-Up

Make sure your heating system is ready to keep your home warm and cozy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Donelson Air Service Experts. Right now we are giving discounts on our seasonal tune ups to help make sure you stay warm and safe through the winter. Call 615-953-9885 today to schedule your Precision tune-up or set up a free in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating system.

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