While we still may be more than a month away from the official start of winter, cold temperatures have already started to move in. More than one morning recently I’ve gotten out of bed to chilly floors and frosted windows as a reminder that the balmy days of summer are long gone and it’s time to buckle down and get ready for the snowy days of winter. I’ll be honest and say that I really don’t mind cold temperatures and snow….as long as my home is toasty warm and welcoming. However, I’ve learned from past experience that RIGHT NOW is the time to ensure my home will stay warm all winter long and because of that, I wanted to share some of my best tips for how to keep your home warm during the winter to help all of you be prepared for the coming cold days as well!
Now, before I share my tips, I want to tell you a little story. Here in the mountains of North Carolina, really bone-chilling cold weather comes upon us without much warning. One day we’re outside with just a light jacket and the next, we’re waking to the ground being covered with snow. Because of this I’ve learned never to wait until it’s actually freezing cold to ensure that my home will stay warm all winter. I’ll be honest though….this lesson is one that I really only learned a few years ago. You see, our first year in this home (2 years ago), I didn’t even think of having the HVAC system checked or paying attention to some minor details that help keep my home warm in the winter. I had just purchased the house after all and figured everything would be fine. WRONG! As luck would have it, our heat went out that very first winter during the very first cold spell. Now, let me tell you, we’re not just talking chilly. We’re talking so cold it hurt in the house if we weren’t in our parkas. Thankfully the boys were able to go stay with my mom (who had made sure her home was ready for winter) while we waited the three long days for our heat to be fixed. After that experience, I learned that a little preventative care goes a long way when it comes to keeping my home winter ready! So, what do I do to keep the cold outside where it belongs? I’m so glad you asked!
Schedule a HVAC Service BEFORE The Cold Weather Arrives
So, my little experience with having the artic tundra come into my new home a few years back taught me that the FIRST thing I should do this time of year is schedule a HVAC Service. Listen to me please ya’ll! Whether your system is new, old or somewhere in between, stuff happens and your heat can go out. Needless to say, the cold holiday season is the WORST time for it to go out. After all, nobody wants to be in a freezing cold house when it looks like this outside!
Now, before you start moaning about the cost of HVAC service, let me let you in on a little secret. Did you know that Sears Home Services offers HVAC Preventative Maintenance? Neither did I until recently but it’s a super affordable way to ensure that your HVAC system is cold weather ready! In fact, when you schedule your Fall HVAC Preventative Maintenance check up today, you can save $40 off any paid HVAC repair of preventative maintenance! But the savings don’t stop there! Because what happens when your HVAC unit does to out? Well, if you’re using the Sears Home Services program, you’ll be prepared in a money saving way! With Sears Home Maintenance, every paid HVAC maintenance and repair service earns you dollar-for-dollar savings towards your next HVAC replacement, up to 10% off your new unit purchase price….and your savings NEVER expire! Find out more about this awesome offer here.
You see, the entire Sears HVAC Saving Program is designed to keep your HVAC unit working it’s best. With services like furnace maintenance, central air conditional maintenance, boiler maintenance, heat pump maintenance, mini-split system maintenance and evaporative cooler maintenance, they are your first step to ensuring your HVAC unit is working it’s best all year long! But just in case your system does need some updates, you’re earning savings you can use to keep your home warm in coming winters! Already need a new heating system? Be sure to check out these models from Sears and schedule your instillation before the cold weather moves in!
Check for Gaps around Windows and Doors
In addition to making sure your HVAC unit is giving out the heat you need to keep your home warm, you also want to make sure that heat isn’t escaping out of gaps in the windows and doors! Our home has tons of windows…it was one of the things that attracted me to it….but that means there are tons of chances for warm air to escape and cold air to come in. An easy way to find leaks is to use your hand to feel around the corners of your windows and doors. If you feel cold air coming in, you likely need to seal your windows and doors!
Change Your Air Filters
My final tip for keeping your home warm during the winter is to change your air filters. Really, you should do this twice a year and before the cold weather arrives is the perfect time! Simply changing your air filters can extend the life of your HVAC system, keep it from freezing and help you avoid sudden furnace shutdowns! As an easy way to remember, consider changing your filters and Easter and Halloween so that you HVAC unit can always work it’s best!
I hope these three simple steps help to keep you and your family warm all winter and help you avoid a cold experience like the one I had! But don’t stop with my easy tips! There are tons of ways to keep your home warm that aren’t super expensive! Start by scheduling your Sears Home Services HVAC Maintenance today! Then save even more by checkout out these 7 Easy Energy-Saving Tips for Winter! No matter what you decide to do to help keep your home warm this winter, make sure that Sears Home Services if your first call!
Now tell me, have you ever had your HVAC system go out in the winter? What did you do?