Winterize Your Home for the Winter

September 15, 2016

Winter is coming. (Signal Game of Thrones music.) While you may not have to prepare quite the same way the Starks and Lannisters will, it’s still crucial to make sure your home is ready for the cold. Here are a couple suggestions from Jack Nelson 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. Confirm your air returns (the more sizable vents) are not obstructed and that air can flow smoothly through them. Your cold air returns are necessary to help your heating system run efficiently.

Update Your Windows

Windows are a usual way that heat can seep out your home, so consider replacing old or inefficient windows to help retain heat inside during the cooler months.

Replace Your Home’s Air Filters

With allergy and cold season nearing, you want to make sure you’re doing anything you can to keep your family healthy. For the health of your indoor air, swap out your furnace or duct air filter every 12 weeks. This will also help your furnace run more efficiently and save you energy, which means saving you money on utility bills.

Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System

If your system is older than 12 years, it’s most likely not nearly as energy-efficient as upgraded furnaces. Before the winter hits and you’re stuck with a failing furnace or high energy bills, consider upgrading your system.

Purchase a Whole-Home Humidifier

It may not make sense when you hear it, but more humidity, especially in northern climates, can make your home’s air feel warmer than it is. Include the other benefits of decreasing dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier could be the ideal addition to your heat and air system.

Invest in a Programmable Thermostat

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – a programmable thermostat decreases your energy use and bills no matter what season it is. A programmable thermostat will enable you to turn down your home temperature while you are at work to help decrease heating costs, and turn up the temperature before you even make it home to yield the ideal amount of home comfort.

Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation

Having the correct amount of attic insulation helps retain heat during the winter, saving you energy because your heating system doesn’t have to work as hard, 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.

Insulate Plumbing

By insulating your plumbing pipes, especially hot water pipes, you can actually help increase the temperature a few degrees. Hot water on a decreased setting? That saves you energy and money – yes, please!

Get a Precision Tune-Up

Make sure your heating system is ready to keep your home warm and comfortable all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Jack Nelson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. Right now we are offering discounts on our seasonal tune ups to help make sure your home stays warm and safe through the cold months. Call 918-212-8927 today to schedule your heating tune-up or set up a complimentary in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating system.

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