Winterize Your Home for the Winter

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 suggestions from Peachtree Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to get you started.

Clear Space Surrounding Air Returns

You don’t need cold air returns in the winter right? Wrong. Verify your air returns (the more sizable vents) are not restricted and that air can flow easily into them. Your cold air returns are required to help your heating system run efficiently.

Upgrade Your Windows

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

Replace Your Home’s Air Filters

With cold and flu season nearing, you want to make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep your family in good health. 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 decreasing your utility 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 updated heating systems. Before the winter hits and you’re stuck with a faulty furnace or high heating bills, think about upgrading your system.

Buy a Whole-Home Humidifier

It may not seem logical, but increased humidity, more so in northern climates, can make your home’s air feel warmer than it is. Joined with the other benefits of less dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier may 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 lowers your energy usage and bills 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 raise 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 retain heat during the winter, saving you energy because your furnace doesn’t have to run as much, and therefore saves you money on heating bill. Inquire with your local utility companies about rebates for installing or upgrading your attic insulation.

Wrap Plumbing

By insulating your plumbing pipes, especially hot water pipes, you can actually help raise the temperature a couple of degrees. Hot water on a lower setting? That decreases your energy usage and your energy bills – yes, please!

Get a Precision Tune-Up

Make sure your heater is ready to keep you warm and comfortable all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Peachtree Service Experts. Right now we are providing discounts on our heating tune ups to help make sure your home stays warm and safe all winter long. Call 678-235-9699 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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