Winterize Your Home for the Winter

September 15, 2016

Winter is coming. (Cue Game of Thrones intro.) While you probably won’t 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 suggestions 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. Confirm your air returns (the larger vents) are not restricted and that air can easily flow through them. Your cold air returns are required to help your heating system run efficiently.

Update Your Windows

Windows are a usual way that heat can seep out your home, so consider upgrading old or inefficient windows to help keep 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 saving you money on heating bills.

Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System

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

Buy a Whole-Home Humidifier

It may not seem logical, but more humidity, particularly in northern climates, can make your home’s air feel warmer than it is. Add the other benefits of less 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 season it is. A programmable thermostat will enable you to turn down your home temperature while you are out to help lower heating costs, and increase 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 retain heat 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. Ask your local utility companies about rebates on installing or upgrading your home’s 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 lowers your energy use and bills – 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 your family stays warm and safe through the winter. Call 615-953-9885 today to schedule your Precision tune-up or set up a complimentary in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient HVAC system.

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