By AJ Danboise

The holidays will be here before you know it. With freezing temperatures outside, you want to make sure your home feels cozy and inviting for your guests. Unfortunately, the holiday cooking and a home full of people can make your interior feel like Florida in August. Give your home the perfect temperature to suit all your guests’ comfort needs with top ten heating tips from the experts at AJ Danboise Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical.

  • Check and change your HVAC filter before guests arrive.
  • Make sure heating devices and vents are clear of anything flammable. As more guests enter, these can easily get blocked unknowingly.
  • Use your programmable thermostat to automatically adjust for a lower temperature during times when you will be cooking – or when you know your home will have the most people in it. The more people in your home, the warmer it will get.
  • Place throw blankets on the couch so they are readily available for those that are typically a little cooler. They will be less tempted to try to adjust the temperature themselves.
  • Cook as much as possible ahead of time to avoid heating up the house unnecessarily.
  • Light the fireplace to create ambiance and drop the thermostat. Not only will you save on energy, your guests will be more comfortable too.
  • Lock your windows. This will create a tighter seal around your windows to keep in the warm air. It will also help prevent guests from cracking a window when you’re not looking!
  • Install a whole-home humidifier. It will help retain heat so you can set your thermostat lower and make your home more comfortable. A humidifier will help eliminate dry air and reduce static electricity – ensuring your holiday guests remain comfortable.
  • Use ceiling fans. Most ceiling fans have a “reverse” setting that will push the rising warm air back down to ground level. This helps to maximize the heat generated from the heater. Ceiling fans also help circulate the air, keeping a more even temperature.
  • Use space heaters. If your guests are going to be spending time in a cooler part of your home, consider adding space heaters to even out the temperature. A space heater that mimics the look of a fireplace is a great way to add a little ambiance to your party!

Start your holiday season with regular maintenance on your furnace and take care of repairs as soon as you notice the warning signs. This will help to ensure your system is working properly before guests arrive. The holidays are the worst time of the year for your heat to go out. Remember that the experts at AJ Danboise Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical are here for you all season long. If your furnace is on the fritz, call (248) 600-5048 to schedule an appointment today!

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