Winterize Your Home for the Winter

September 15, 2016

Winter is coming. (Signal Game of Thrones intro.) While you probably won’t have to prepare quite the same way the Starks and Lannisters will, it’s still important to make sure your home is ready for the cold. Here are some tips from McKinley Heating Service Experts to get you started.

Clear Space Surrounding Air Returns

You shouldn’t need cold air returns in the winter right? Wrong. Make sure your air returns (the bigger vents) are not blocked and that air can easily flow through them. Your cold air returns are needed to help your furnace run efficiently.

Replace Your Windows

Windows are a common way that heat can get out of your home, so think about updating old or inefficient windows to help keep heat inside during the cold months.

Replace Your Home’s Air Filters

With cold and flu season nearing, you want to verify you’re doing anything you can to keep your family from falling ill. For the well-being of your indoor air, replace 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 heating bills.

Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System

If your furnace is older than ten years, it’s probably not nearly as energy-efficient as updated furnaces. Before the cooler temperature hits and you’re stuck with a failing furnace or high heating bills, discuss investing in an upgraded system.

Buy a Whole-Home Humidifier

It may not make sense when you hear it, but higher humidity, especially in northern climates, can result in your home’s air feeling warmer than it is. Include the other benefits of decreasing dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier may be the perfect 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 turn down your home temperature while you are away to help decrease heating costs, and increase the temperature before you even make it home to give you the right amount of home comfort.

Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation

Having the ideal amount of attic insulation helps retain heat during the winter, decreasing your energy usage because your furnace doesn’t have to work as hard, and therefore saves you money by lowering your heating costs. Ask your local utility companies about rebates for upgrading or installing your attic insulation.

Cover Plumbing

If you insulate your hot water pipes, it can actually help raise the temperature two or three degrees. Hot water on a lower setting? That saves you energy and money – yes, please!

Get a Heating Tune-Up

Make sure your heater is ready to keep you warm and comfy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from McKinley Heating Service Experts. Currently we are giving discounts on our heating tune ups to help make sure you stay warm and safe through the winter. Call 780-800-7092 today to schedule your Precision tune-up or set up a free in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating and cooling system.

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