The holiday season is here, which means many families will soon be playing host to their loved ones at their homes. But before you start preparing the meal and putting up your decorations, there’s another task to take care of: your HVAC maintenance.
If you don’t prioritize HVAC services this season, you might receive an unwelcome present in the form of high energy bills and expensive heat repairs. Since heating and cooling already accounts for 48% of the typical home’s energy use, you won’t want to increase those costs. Plus, forgetting to take care of those routine maintenance jobs can exacerbate HVAC problems. The last thing you’ll want is to make your home uncomfortable for your guests! Here are three tips that will help you stay on top of HVAC issues and ensure your home helps you stay happy and healthy this year.
- Change the Filters: If you can’t remember the last time you switched out your HVAC air filters, it’s definitely time to do so. Ideally, you should aim to change these once every few months (or even more frequently during the winter) to prevent excessive dust and to ensure complete air flow. Since respiratory issues like allergies and asthma can be affected by clogged air filters, change them prior to hosting your guests to stop congestion and sneezing from ruining the party.
- Lower Your Thermostat: It’s a good idea to install a smart thermostat to save energy and keep your home’s temperature more consistent. While you might think it’s a good idea to turn up the heat to ensure your guests’ comfort, it’s actually better to turn down the temperature by a few degrees before their arrival. Since there’ll be more people milling about, the temperature will naturally rise. The same can be said if you’re cooking or baking. By reducing the temperature before your loved ones make their entrance, you’ll save money on heating costs and will ensure no one feels too flushed.
- Schedule HVAC Service: Having to deal with an HVAC emergency right before your festivities are set to begin is a true nightmare. That’s why it’s important to schedule HVAC service in advance of whatever event you’re hosting. If you do, you won’t have to worry about the furnace breaking down or the thermostat acting up. It’s generally a good idea to do this prior to winter’s arrival anyway, since no one wants to be stuck in the middle of a blizzard with a heating system that’s in disrepair. Think of it as a gift to your family for the holidays and schedule it before the outside temperatures drop too low.
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