Winterize Your Home for the Winter

September 15, 2016

Winter is coming. (Cue Game of Thrones theme.) 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 good to go for the cold. Here are some suggestions from Stark Services to get you started.

Clear Space Around Air Returns

You shouldn’t need cold air returns in the cold season right? Wrong. Confirm your air returns (the larger vents) are not restricted and that air can flow smoothly through them. Your cold air returns are required to help your heating equipment run efficiently.

Replace Your Windows

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

Replace Your Home’s Air Filters

With sick season quickly approaching, you want to make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep your family from falling ill. For the sake of your indoor air, swap out your furnace or duct air filter every few months. This will also help your furnace run more efficiently and save you energy, which means lowering 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 cold hits and you’re stuck with a failing furnace or high utility bills, discuss upgrading your system.

Purchase a Whole-Home Humidifier

It may not seem logical, but increased humidity, more so in northern climates, can cause your home’s air to feel warmer than it actually is. Add the other benefits of less dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier might be the perfect addition to your heating system.

Invest in a Programmable Thermostat

We say it all the time – a programmable thermostat lowers your energy usage and bills no matter what season it is. A programmable thermostat will enable you to lower your home temperature while you are at work to help lower heating costs, and increase the temperature before you even get home to yield the ideal amount of home comfort.

Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation

Having the right amount of attic insulation helps keep heat from escaping during the winter, decreasing your energy usage because your furnace doesn’t have to work as hard, and therefore saves you money by decreasing your energy bills. Inquire with your local utility companies about rebates on installing or upgrading your home’s insulation.

Insulate Plumbing

Insulating your hot water pipes can actually help boost the temperature two or three degrees. Hot water on a lower setting? That decreases your energy usage and your energy bills – yes, please!

Get a Furnace Tune-Up

Be sure your heating system is ready to keep your home warm and comfortable all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Stark Services. Currently we are giving discounts on our seasonal tune ups to help make sure you stay warm and safe through the cold months. Call 817-668-6689 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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