Winterize Your Home for the Winter

September 15, 2016

Winter is coming. (In comes Game of Thrones theme.) While you probably won’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 some tips from Rolf Griffin Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to get you started.

Clear Space Around Air Returns

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

Replace Your Windows

Windows are a usual way that heat can escape your home, so think about updating old or inefficient windows to help retain heat inside during the cooler months.

Replace Your Home’s Air Filters

With allergy and cold season nearing, you want to verify you’re doing anything you can to keep your family in good health. For the well-being of your indoor air, make sure you’re replacing your furnace or duct air filter every 12 weeks. This will also help your system run more efficiently and save you energy, which means saving you money on heating bills.

Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System

If your system is older than 12 years, it’s most likely not nearly as energy-efficient as upgraded heating systems. Before the winter hits and you’re stuck with a faulty furnace or high heating bills, consider upgrading your system.

Buy a Whole-Home Humidifier

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

Invest in a Programmable Thermostat

We say it all the time – a programmable thermostat saves you energy and money no matter what time of year it is. A programmable thermostat will allow you to lower your home temperature while you are at work to help reduce heating costs, and raise 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 trap heat in your home during the winter, decreasing your energy usage because your furnace doesn’t have to run as much, and therefore saves you money on heating bill. Inquire with your local utility companies about rebates for installing or upgrading your attic insulation.

Insulate Plumbing

Insulating your hot water pipes can actually help boost the temperature two or three degrees. Hot water on a cooler 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 Rolf Griffin Service Experts. This month we are providing discounts on our fall tune ups to help make sure your family stays warm and safe through the winter. Call 260-557-1275 today to schedule your seasonal tune-up or set up a no-charge in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating and cooling system.

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