The holidays are the busiest time of year for both you and your HVAC system. Not only will the cold weather have your furnace working hard to keep your home warm, but hosting holiday parties opens the door for a myriad of potential heating issues.
We want to make sure that you survive the holidays with your heating system intact. If you’re planning on having people over to your home to celebrate, be sure to have your system inspected by one of our expert HVAC contractors to make sure everything is in working order. We are more than happy to lend a helping hand, so contact us today to set up your appointment!
Heating Your Home
Your heating and cooling system consumes the most energy in your home, so it makes sense that you would want to keep the cost of using those systems to a minimum. In today’s article, we will share a few tips on how to manage your heating system during the holidays so that you and your guest will be comfortable without breaking the bank.
Indoors or Outdoors?
Even though the weather outside is frightful, you may be braving the cold more than you think. Every time you open the door to fix lights on the house or check the turkey on the grill for the Christmas Eve feast, you’re letting a gust of cold air enter your home. Opening the door once or twice when you leave the house to run an errand or go to work won’t make much of a difference, but if you’re leaving every five minutes to check something on the grill, that cold gust of air will start to affect the temperature of the room.
If your thermostat registers a change in temperature, it will communicate to the HVAC system that it needs to send warm air through the vents. This will cause your system to work harder than is necessary because it believes that your home is colder than it actually is. The best way to combat this is to limit the amount of times you go in and out of your home.
Turn Down the Heat
An abundance of people combined with an overworking oven will have one thing in common — heat. If you’re slaving away over the stove to create a delicious meal for your guests and family, your oven and stove will start to heat up your kitchen, and when people start to arrive for the festivities, their body heat will make the temperature rise even more.
In order to keep your home comfortable, the easiest thing to do is turn down the thermostat a few degrees. The same rule applies if you are planning on going out of town for the holidays. There’s no point in heating a home when no one will be there, so lower the temperature just enough that it will prevent your pipes from bursting, but also lower your heating bill.
Try Alternate Heating Methods
If your HVAC system is working overtime trying to heat your home, try using alternate heating methods to give it some much-needed assistance. Simple things like opening up the shades during the day or turning on your ceiling fan can help. These methods may sound counterproductive, but when you open the shades during the day, natural light will help warm up the room. Additionally, if you adjust your ceiling fan to spin in the opposite direction, it will pull warm air that is trapped on the ceiling and disperse it throughout the room.
For more tips and tricks on heating your home during the holidays, contact our HVAC company. Our expert HVAC contractors will be more than happy to give you advice or inspect your system before the chaotic holiday season. Contact us today with any questions you may have about your HVAC system or to schedule an appointment with our experts. We look forward to your call!