Hosting this Holiday Season? Don’t Forget about these HVAC Considerations!

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Keep these helpful HVAC tips in mind while you’re entertaining this holiday season!

Don’t be surprised

You’re probably busy prepping food and décor for your holiday gatherings. If you haven’t had your winter HVAC maintenance completed yet, now is the time to prep your furnace as well. During your appointment, all of your furnace’s parts and connections will be inspected to ensure they are working correctly and safely. A sudden breakdown or malfunction on the day of your party, when it will more likely than not be cold out, would certainly put a damper on the celebration.

Dust the vents and clean your ducts

Anytime you get a group of people together, chances are that at least one of them suffers from allergies. Avoid triggering your guests’ allergies by keeping your vents and ducts as clean as possible.

Change your filter

A fresh filter in your furnace will trap more dust and particles, improving the quality of air inside your home. While it may seem like a small change, it can make a difference in your guest’s comfort levels. A new filter will also allow your furnace to work more efficiently, saving you some money on your energy bills which can be especially helpful during the holidays!

Turn down your heat

People generate and give off heat, especially in large groups. Additionally, you’ll most likely be using your oven or stove before or during your party, both of which will also emit heat. Once your guests start arriving, you’ll feel the temperature slowly begin to rise and if you forget to turn down the thermostat before the party starts, your furnace will have to work harder to bring it back down to a normal temperature. Consider adjusting the heat by a couple degrees a few hours before your gathering.

Keep the door shut

When you open the front door to let guests in or out, you let warm air out of your home and cold air in, meaning that your furnace will have to work harder to regulate the temperature. When greeting guests or saying goodbye, be sure to open and close the door as quickly as possible, saving chit-chat and hugs for inside!

For those last-minute HVAC emergencies, scheduled service calls or questions, feel free to contact us.

Preparing for a Snow Storm

home in a snowstorm

Whether you like it or not, winter will be here in the blink of an eye. And depending on where you live, that usually means a couple of big snow storms. Ensure you are prepared for inclement weather with these tips for before, during and after a winter storm.

Before a snow storm

  • Make sure you are equipped with the proper equipment, including a snow shovel or snow blower, a flash light and rock salt. It’s also a good idea to stock up on emergency supplies such as food, batteries, water and toilet paper in case the power goes out or the storm lasts more than a day.
  • Ensure your furnace maintenance is up-to-date specifically checking that your air filter is clean, that your furnace has been recently tuned-up and that your thermostat is working properly.
  • Clear the exterior of your home of tree branches that could hit your home if covered in snow, and check to see that your gutters are firmly affixed to your house and free of debris.
  • Be sure to make and communicate a family plan so you know how to reach each of your family members during the storm.
  • Be sure the batteries in your carbon monoxide detector and other storm-essential resources are working, such as radios and flashlights.
  • As the storm nears, listen to the radio or watch the news so you know what to expect.

During a snow storm

  • Stay inside if possible. Keep dry and don’t wear wet clothing.
  • Drive only if it’s absolutely necessary and use caution if doing so, letting someone know of your itinerary and estimated time of arrival.
  • Avoid opening the refrigerator or freezer too frequently, in case you lose power.
  • If you are burning any fuel products in your home, beware of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning which include dizziness, headache, nausea and trouble breathing.
  • If you lose power or heat during a storm, be sure to seek alternative shelter.
  • Know the signs of frostbite such as white fingers and toes, and the signs of hypothermia such as drowsiness, slurred speech and uncontrollable shivering.

After a snow storm

  • If possible, head outside and shovel driveways and walkways, remove snow from around fire hydrants and lay salt down to prevent ice build-up. Be sure to take breaks while shoveling in order to avoid overexertion and frostbite.
  • Assess the amount of supplies you have left, any damage to your home and how well your family plan worked. If any lessons learned can be gained from your experience, apply them next time.

In addition to these tips, a properly working furnace is essential to safely weathering any cold-weather storm. To learn more about this, furnace maintenance or service, contact us.