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!
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