Winterize Your Home for the Winter Published on 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 important to make sure your home is ready for the cold. Here are a couple tips from Hammond Plumbing & Heating to get you started. Clear Space Surrounding Air Returns You won’t need cold air returns in the cold season right? Wrong. Make sure your air returns (the bigger vents) are not obstructed and that air can easily flow through them. Your cold air returns are necessary to help your heating system run efficiently. Upgrade Your Windows Windows are a typical way that heat can escape your home, so consider updating 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 from falling ill. For the health of your indoor air, swap out your furnace or duct air filter every 12 weeks. This will also help your furnace run more efficiently and save you energy, which means saving you money on heating bills. Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating SystemIf your system is older than ten years, it’s almost certainly not nearly as energy-efficient as updated furnaces. Before the winter hits and you’re stuck with a faulty furnace or high utility bills, discuss investing in an upgraded system. Invest in a Whole-Home Humidifier It may not seem logical, but more humidity, especially in northern climates, can make your home’s air feel 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 HVAC system. Get a Programmable Thermostat We say it all the time – a programmable thermostat saves you energy and money no matter what temperature it is. A programmable thermostat will enable you to turn down your home temperature while you are out to help decrease heating costs, and raise the temperature before you even arrive home to provide the ideal amount of home comfort. Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation Having the correct amount of attic insulation helps trap heat in your home during the winter, decreasing your energy usage because your heater doesn’t have to work as hard, and therefore saves you money by decreasing your energy bills. Ask your local utility companies about rebates for installing or upgrading your attic insulation. Wrap Plumbing Insulating your hot water pipes can actually help boost the temperature two or three degrees. Warmer water on a cooler setting? That lowers your energy use and bills – yes, please! Get a Heating Tune-Up Verify your furnace is ready to keep your home warm and cozy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Hammond Plumbing. Right now we are providing discounts on our heating tune ups to help make sure you stay warm and safe all winter long. Call 519-894-3222 today to schedule your heating tune-up or set up a no-charge in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient HVAC system.