Winterize Your Home for the Winter

September 15, 2016

Winter is coming. (Cue Game of Thrones theme.) While you probably won’t have to prepare quite the same way the Starks and Lannisters will, it’s still essential to make sure your home is all set for the cold. Here are a few recommendations from Winnipeg Supply 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 obstructed and that air can flow easily into them. Your cold air returns are necessary to help your heating equipment run efficiently.

Update Your Windows

Windows are a usual way that heat can seep out your home, so consider updating old or inefficient windows to help keep heat inside during the cooler months.

Replace Your Home’s Air Filters

With sick season nearing, you want to make sure you’re doing anything you can to keep your family in good health. For the health of your indoor air, replace your furnace or duct air filter every few months. This will also help your system run more efficiently and save you energy, which means decreasing your energy bills.

Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating System

If your furnace is older than ten years, it’s almost certainly not nearly as energy-efficient as newer furnaces. Before the cooler temperature hits and you’re stuck with a malfunctioning furnace or high utility bills, think about investing in an upgraded system.

Purchase a Whole-Home Humidifier

It may not sound right, but more humidity, more so in northern climates, can result in your home’s air feeling warmer than it is. Joined with the other benefits of reducing dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier could be the perfect addition to your heating system.

Get a Programmable Thermostat

We can’t say it enough – a programmable thermostat lowers your energy usage and bills no matter what temperature it is. A programmable thermostat will enable you to turn down your home temperature while you are at work to help decrease heating costs, and turn up the temperature before you even get home to yield the right amount of home comfort.

Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation

Having the correct amount of attic insulation helps retain heat during the winter, saving you energy because your heater doesn’t have to run as much, and therefore saves you money by decreasing your energy bills. Inquire 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 a couple of degrees. Hot water on a lower setting? That decreases your energy usage and your energy bills – yes, please!

Get a Precision Tune-Up

Verify your heater is ready to keep you warm and comfortable all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Winnipeg Supply Service Experts. Currently we are giving discounts on our heating tune ups to help make sure you stay warm and safe through the cold months. Call 204-800-0613 today to schedule your Precision tune-up or set up a free in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating system.

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