Winterize Your Home for the Winter Published on September 15, 2016 Winter is coming. (Signal Game of Thrones music.) While you shouldn’t have to prepare quite the same way the Starks and Lannisters will, it’s still essential to make sure your home is ready for the cold. Here are some recommendations from Barlow Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to get you started. Clear Space Near Air Returns You shouldn’t need cold air returns in the cooler months right? Wrong. Confirm your air returns (the more sizable vents) are not obstructed and that air can flow easily into them. Your cold air returns are required to help your furnace run efficiently. Upgrade 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 winter months. Replace Your Home’s Air Filters With allergy and cold season coming soon, 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 12 weeks. This will also help your equipment run more efficiently and save you energy, which means saving you money on utility bills. Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating SystemIf your system is older than 12 years, it’s probably not nearly as energy-efficient as upgraded furnaces. Before the winter hits and you’re stuck with a failing furnace or high heating bills, consider upgrading your system. Purchase a Whole-Home Humidifier It may not seem logical, but increased humidity, more so in northern climates, can result in your home’s air feeling warmer than it is. Joined with the other benefits of decreasing dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier could be the perfect addition to your HVAC system. Get a Programmable Thermostat We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – a programmable thermostat lowers your energy usage and bills no matter what season it is. A programmable thermostat will allow you to turn down your home temperature while you are at work to help lower heating costs, and raise the temperature before you even make it home to provide the right amount of home comfort. Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation Having the ideal amount of attic insulation helps retain heat during the winter, lowering your energy use because your furnace 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. Wrap Plumbing By insulating your plumbing pipes, especially hot water pipes, you can actually help boost the temperature a couple of degrees. Warmer water on a decreased setting? That saves you energy and money – yes, please! Get a Precision Tune-Up Make sure your heater is ready to keep you warm and cozy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Barlow Service Experts. This month we are offering discounts on our heating tune ups to help make sure your family stays warm and safe through the winter. Call 801-436-8985 today to schedule your heating tune-up or set up a no-charge in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient HVAC system.