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 ready for the cold. Here are a few recommendations from Norrell Service Experts to get you started.

Clear Space Surrounding Air Returns

You don’t need cold air returns in the cold season right? Wrong. Make sure your air returns (the larger vents) are not obstructed and that air can flow easily into them. Your cold air returns are necessary to help your furnace run efficiently.

Replace Your Windows

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

Replace Your Home’s Air Filters

With cold and flu season coming soon, you want to verify you’re doing anything you can to keep your family in good health. For the sake of your indoor air, make sure you’re replacing your furnace or duct air filter every 12 weeks. This will also help your furnace run more efficiently and save you energy, which means decreasing your energy bills.

Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System

If your heating equipment is older than ten years, it’s almost certainly not nearly as energy-efficient as updated furnaces. Before the cooler temperature hits and you’re stuck with a faulty furnace or high energy bills, think about replacing your system.

Purchase a Whole-Home Humidifier

It may not seem logical, but more humidity, more so in northern climates, can result in your home’s air feeling warmer than it is. Joined with the other benefits of less dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier may be the ultimate addition to your HVAC system.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

We say it all the time – a programmable thermostat decreases your energy use and bills no matter what temperature it is. A programmable thermostat will let you decrease your home temperature while you are away to help reduce heating costs, and raise the temperature before you even arrive home to provide the ideal amount of home comfort.

Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation

Having the right amount of attic insulation helps retain heat during the winter, saving you energy because your heater doesn’t have to run as much, and therefore saves you money by decreasing your energy bills. Check with your local utility companies about rebates on installing or upgrading your home’s insulation.

Cover Plumbing

Insulating your hot water pipes can actually help increase the temperature two or three degrees. Hotter water on a decreased setting? That lowers your energy use and bills – yes, please!

Get a Heating Tune-Up

Verify your heater is ready to keep your home warm and cozy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Norrell Service Experts. Right now we are giving discounts on our fall tune ups to help make sure you stay warm and safe through the cold months. Call 205-267-0023 today to schedule your seasonal tune-up or set up a no-charge in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient HVAC system.

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