What Unseasonably Warm Winter Weather Means for your Home

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Here in Olathe, where harsh winters are the rule, it’s difficult to complain about 60-degree days in the middle of February. Unfortunately, even the most pleasantly warm winter weather has its downsides, especially where your home’s HVAC system is concerned. That’s why your friendly local heating and cooling professionals at Davenport Service Company have put together a few tips to help you navigate an unusually warm—and sometimes tumultuous—winter, all while staying comfortable and cozy and keeping your heating and cooling bills under control.

Temperatures Rise and Fall. Your Thermostat Shouldn’t

One of the biggest challenges that comes with unseasonable weather is drastic shifts in outside temperature. Sure, we may be enjoying some balmy 60-degree days, but nighttime temps can still drop down near freezing or even below, and occasional cold snaps can turn those warm days into chilly ones in no time. With the weather fluctuating so much outside, it’s easy to get caught in a cycle of constantly turning your thermostat up and down to match the changing temperature. That’s not a great idea, though.

Constantly adjusting your thermostat makes your home HVAC system work harder than it needs to and can put unwanted strain on your furnace or A/C. It’s also bad for your utility bills to have your system kick on and shut off so much. You’re better off finding a comfortable temperature and keeping your thermostat set there. Or, better still, invest in a programmable learning thermostat that can adjust to your family’s lifestyle and habits and keep the house comfortable in the most efficient way possible.

How to Stay Cool When the Weather Isn’t

Staying cool isn’t usually a problem during winters here in Olathe, but when daytime temperatures climb above 60 degrees, you may find that your usual winter routines are disrupted by the warmer-than-usual weather. This can have a lot of impacts, from heating your house up during the hottest part of the day to making it difficult to sleep at night. The fact that temperatures can regularly fluctuate as much as 40 degrees in the course of 24 hours makes it even harder to stay comfortable. Fortunately, some of the same tips that help regulate your home’s temperature during the hot summer months can be useful in an unseasonably warm winter.

On the days when the weather is warm, don’t hesitate to take advantage! Open the house up for some fresh air, something that we rarely get a chance to do in the wintertime. Be sure to open windows and doors on opposite sides of the house to take advantage of cross-breezes, and use fans to help distribute warm or cool air throughout your home. Shades, blinds, and curtains can also do a lot to help control daytime temperatures by either blocking out room-warming sun or letting it come pouring in.

Sleep Soundly, No Matter the Weather

One of the places where fluctuations in temperature can have the biggest impact on our lives is when we’re trying to sleep. During these unseasonably warm days, overnight temperatures can still drop down near freezing, or even below, which can make it hard to regulate the temperature of our bedrooms throughout the night.

A number of tricks can help you stay warm or cool as you’re catching some Z’s, though. For starters, layering blankets allows you to adjust how many or how few you need without a lot of work. If the evening is warm but the night might get cool, pile some extra blankets at the foot of the bed so they’re there when you need them. It’s also a good idea to invest in options such as mattress toppers that are meant to help your bedding breathe during the night and regulate temperature overall. Keeping the air circulating can also help aid in sleep, so fans come in extremely handy.

Warm Weather Doesn’t Mean No Maintenance

Despite these various drawbacks, a warm winter is a welcome respite for many of us. Even when the weather is warmer than usual, however, your home—and your home’s HVAC system—still need much of the same attention and maintenance that they would during the harshest Kansas snowstorm.

In fact, unseasonably warm weather can pose its own challenges for your home. Along with higher-than-usual temperatures, we’ve also experienced a pretty wet winter so far here in Olathe. With spring showers on the way, you’ll definitely want to ensure that your basement and foundation are in good shape, keep an eye out for potential mold or wood rot, and make sure that your sump pump is in good working order. This last is particularly important, and you can test your sump pump by pouring water steadily into the sump pit. The pump should kick on when the water reaches a certain level. If it doesn’t, it’s time to call in the professionals.

Keeping your Furnace Ready for a Warm Winter in Lenexa, Olathe & Overland Park Kansas

Speaking of professionals, it’s always a good idea to have an HVAC service company check out your home’s HVAC system at least twice a year to make sure that everything is in good working order. Here at Davenport Service Company, our VIP Program includes two full 25-point HVAC tune-ups performed by a highly trained and certified Olathe heating and cooling professional. We’ll check the wiring, the filters, the ducts – you name it. We’ll make sure that everything looks good and is ready to get you through whatever the weather decides to throw our way, from unseasonable warmth like we’ve been enjoying lately to vicious cold snaps like the one we experienced earlier this winter.

That’s not all. Our VIP Program also offers everything from same-day service at reduced rates to discounts on repairs and equipment replacement. To sign up for our VIP Program, schedule a service visit or tune-up, install a programmable learning thermostat, or simply ask a heating and cooling professional about how to stay warm or cool as the weather shifts, call Davenport Service Company at 913-441-2222 today!

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