Winterize Your Home for the Winter Published on September 15, 2016 Winter is coming. (In comes Game of Thrones theme.) 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 ready for the cold. Here are a couple recommendations from Mountainwest Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to get you started. Clear Space Surrounding Air Returns You won’t need cold air returns in the winter right? Wrong. Confirm your air returns (the larger vents) are not restricted and that air can flow smoothly through them. Your cold air returns are required to help your heating system run efficiently. Replace Your Windows Windows are a typical way that heat can seep out your home, so consider replacing old or inefficient windows to help keep heat inside during the cold months. Replace Your Home’s Air Filters With sick season coming soon, you want to make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep your family from falling ill. For the well-being 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 lowering your utility bills. Invest in an Energy-Efficient Heating SystemIf your heating equipment is older than 10 years, it’s almost certainly not nearly as energy-efficient as upgraded equipment. Before the cooler temperature hits and you’re stuck with a failing furnace or high heating bills, think about replacing your system. Invest in 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. Include the other benefits of decreasing dry skin and static, and a whole-home humidifier might be the ideal addition to your heat and air system. Invest in a Programmable Thermostat We can’t say it enough – a programmable thermostat saves you energy and money no matter what season it is. A programmable thermostat will let you lower your home temperature while you are out to help lower heating costs, and increase the temperature before you even make it home to give you the perfect amount of home comfort. Add or Upgrade Attic Insulation Having the ideal amount of attic insulation helps keep heat from escaping during the winter, lowering your energy use because your heater doesn’t have to run as much, and therefore saves you money on heating bill. Ask your local utility companies about rebates on installing or upgrading your home’s insulation. Cover Plumbing Insulating your hot water pipes can actually help increase the temperature a couple of degrees. Warmer water on a lower setting? That saves you energy and money – yes, please! Get a Furnace Tune-Up Make sure your furnace is ready to keep your home warm and cozy all winter long with an expert Precision tune-up from Mountainwest Service Experts. Right now we are offering discounts on our seasonal tune ups to help make sure your family stays warm and safe through the winter. Call 385-399-0280 today to schedule your heating tune-up or set up a complimentary in-home estimate on a new, energy-efficient heating system.