Winterize Your Home for the Winter

September 15, 2016

Winter is coming. (In comes Game of Thrones music.) While you shouldn’t have to prepare quite the same way the Starks and Lannisters will, it’s still critical to make sure your home is all set for the cold. Here are a few tips from Freschi Service Experts to get you started.

Clear Space Surrounding Air Returns

You shouldn’t need cold air returns in the cooler months right? Wrong. Confirm your air returns (the bigger vents) are not blocked and that air can easily flow through them. Your cold air returns are necessary to help your heating system run efficiently.

Replace Your Windows

Windows are a typical way that heat can get out of your home, so consider replacing old or inefficient windows to help keep heat inside during the winter months.

Replace Your Home’s Air Filters

With sick season coming soon, you want to verify you’re doing everything you can to keep your family healthy. For the sake of your indoor air, make sure you’re replacing 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 system is older than 10 years, it’s almost certainly not nearly as energy-efficient as upgraded equipment. Before the cold hits and you’re stuck with a malfunctioning furnace or high heating bills, think about replacing your system.

Purchase a Whole-Home Humidifier

It may not sound right, but increased humidity, more so in northern climates, can make your home’s air feel warmer than it is. Include the other benefits of reducing dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier may be the perfect addition to your heat and air system.

Invest in 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 turn down your home temperature while you are away to help lower heating costs, and raise the temperature before you even get home to give you the right amount of home comfort.

Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation

Having the ideal amount of attic insulation helps trap heat in your home during the winter, decreasing your energy usage because your heating system doesn’t have to work as hard, 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.

Cover Plumbing

Insulating your hot water pipes can actually help boost the temperature two or three degrees. Hotter water on a cooler setting? That saves you energy and money – yes, please!

Get a Furnace Tune-Up

Make sure your heater is ready to keep your family warm and comfy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Freschi Service Experts. Right now we are giving discounts on our seasonal tune ups to help make sure you stay warm and safe all winter long. Call 925-384-1303 today to schedule your seasonal tune-up or set up a no-charge in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating system.

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