Winterize Your Home for the Winter

September 15, 2016

Winter is coming. (In comes Game of Thrones music.) While you may not have to prepare quite the same way the Starks and Lannisters will, it’s still important to make sure your home is all set for the cold. Here are a couple recommendations from Rob's Albertan Service Experts to get you started.

Clear Space Surrounding Air Returns

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

Replace Your Windows

Windows are a typical way that heat can escape your home, so consider upgrading old or inefficient windows to help retain heat inside during the winter months.

Replace Your Home’s Air Filters

With allergy and cold season nearing, you want to be sure you’re doing all you can to keep your family healthy. For the well-being of your indoor air, replace your furnace or duct air filter every quarter. This will also help your equipment run more efficiently and save you energy, which means decreasing your heating bills.

Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System

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

Purchase a Whole-Home Humidifier

It may not make sense when you hear it, but more humidity, particularly in northern climates, can result in your home’s air feeling warmer than it is. Add the other benefits of decreasing dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier may be the perfect addition to your heating system.

Invest in a Programmable Thermostat

We can’t say it enough – a programmable thermostat decreases your energy use and bills no matter what season it is. A programmable thermostat will let you turn down your home temperature while you are away to help reduce heating costs, and turn up the temperature before you even arrive 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, saving you energy because your heating system doesn’t have to run as much, and therefore saves you money by decreasing your energy bills. Ask your local utility companies about rebates for upgrading or installing your attic insulation.

Wrap Plumbing

Insulating your hot water pipes can actually help boost the temperature a couple of degrees. Warmer water on a lower setting? That saves you energy and money – yes, please!

Get a Heating Tune-Up

Verify your heating system is ready to keep your home warm and comfy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Rob's Albertan Service Experts. This month we are providing discounts on our seasonal tune ups to help make sure your family stays warm and safe through the cold months. Call 780-800-9047 today to schedule your Precision tune-up or set up a free in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient HVAC system.

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