With Thanksgiving and a bunch of other winter holidays just around the corner, now’s a great time to consider a few tips to make sure your home is ready for gatherings of friends and family. While your home’s HVAC system may be the furthest thing from your mind in terms of holiday preparations, there are a few things about it that are worth considering.
Check out some of the tips below to see how you should prep your HVAC system for holiday gatherings.
Change Your Air Filter
If it’s been a while (or never) since you’ve last changed your air filter, now is a great time to do it. Dirty air filters stop trapping allergens like dust, pet dander, mold spores, mites, and others like these. Guests who are sensitive to these allergens may have an unpleasant experience at your gathering, which may include consistent sneezing, itchy eyes, and even respiratory problems in severe cases.
Inspect Your Heater
Regardless of the type of heating system your home uses, make sure it’s working properly by having an expert technician perform an inspection. You may especially want to do this if it’s been a while since you last used your heater or if you’ve been using it a lot lately – in either situation, a breakdown can occur that might leave your guests wishing they dressed for your party in layers!
Lower the Thermostat
While making sure your heater is properly working is important, you should also consider the heat that will be generated by all of your guests’ bodies, the oven, and all of the delicious food you’re going to serve. These heat sources contribute to the overall atmosphere of your home’s indoor environment, which means that you may not need to set your thermostat as high as you normally would with just your immediate family members at home.
Keep Decorations Away from Heating Equipment
The worst thing that can happen to any home during the holidays is a fire, which is why you should make sure you keep any decorations and clutter away from your heater. Anything that’s potentially flammable and near or in direct contact with your heater can combust, causing a fire that might not be noticed until it’s too.
If your goal is to make your house feel like everyone’s home for the holidays, there are a few important things you should keep in mind when it comes to your home’s HVAC system. If you need any assistance when it comes to following through with these tips, Meyer’s has the expert HVAC technicians to get the job done.
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