November 22, 2022
The holidays are approaching and temperatures are cooling down. That means now is the time to make sure that your home is ready to handle the switch from A/C to heat.
Here are some heating tips to keep your house warm and your guests comfortable throughout the upcoming holiday season.
1. Change Your Air Filters
The air filters in your furnace are designed to protect your HVAC equipment from dust, dirt, and other debris. When they become clogged, air won’t be able to flow as efficiently through your home. Take a look at your air filter. Ff the surface is dirty, that’s a telltale sign that it needs to be changed.
2. Check Your Air Vents
Have you noticed a sudden change in temperature in your home? It could be from furniture blocking one or more of your vents. This is especially common when we move things around to accommodate guests for the holidays.
Make sure to leave a little bit of space between any wall vents and furniture. Also, check that your rugs don’t accidentally end up covering any floor vents.
3. Reverse Your Ceiling Fans
You may use your ceiling fans more frequently in the summer to keep things cool. Most are set to spin counter-clockwise to help the hot air rise and keep the cool air flowing down toward you.
Switch your fans to spin clockwise to reverse the air flow and keep the warmer air down closer to you. This is a simple, yet effective way to keep your house warm!
4. Consider Alternatives to Space Heaters
Space heaters can make a cold room warmer, but at the expense of using a great deal of power and increased risk of fire hazards.
If you choose to use one, remember to monitor it constantly and keep flammable objects away. Always turn it off when leaving the room or going to sleep.
If you feel the need for a space heater though, give us a call so we can inspect your heating system to make sure it’s working properly and keeping your whole house warm.
5. Consider Installing a Tankless Water Heater
If you’re hosting guests for the holidays, especially those from out-of-town that need to spend the night, your current equipment might not be able to handle the additional demand for hot water.
Install a tankless water heater to ensure that everyone can enjoy a hot shower during their stay. Not only will it keep your house warm, but your water, too!
Whether you’re planning on hosting or spending some low-key holiday time at home with your family, we can all agree that comfort is one of the most important components! Follow these tips to keep your house warm and cozy, and most importantly, avoid the dad/thermostat drama: