If you’re hosting guests over the holidays, you want to welcome them into a comfortable, warm home. With all the cooking, baking, and extra bodies in your house, it’s likely that it’ll be warmer than normal. It can be a great way to save some money on heating this season. Here are some other home holiday heating tips to help you and your guests stay warm.
Tips to Boost Your Home Heating This Holiday
Yes, you can crank the heat to get it warmer, but the reality is that if you have a bunch of drafts, the heat is going to escape. Air leaks like this account for a great deal of heat loss, especially in older homes. Put a stop to this by using caulking, weather stripping, or other products to seal up drafts and cracks. There are professionals who can do this for you if you’d rather not do it yourself. It’s a worthy investment as it’ll keep the heat in your home and lower your energy bill.
Replace Air Filter
You need to change your HVAC air filter regularly. These filters get clogged with dirt and dust which can damage your heating system and lead to poor performance and low air quality. Generally, we recommend changing your air filter every 30 days for thinner filters or if you have pets. A thicker filter can last up to 6 months. If you haven’t done so in a while, take a look at your filter and replace it if needed.
Bonus Tip: It’s always a great idea to write the date you change the filter on the side of the filter.
Upgrade to a Programmable Thermostat
Homeowners tend to adjust the thermostat multiple times a day, depending on the time and who’s in the house. During the holidays, you might find that you can keep it at a lower setting because you’ll have the extra warmth from the oven running and all the people. Still, upgrading to a programmable thermostat can enhance the comfort of your home. You can program it to adjust automatically based on certain factors and times of the day. Certain smart thermostats will even give you reminders and alerts about air quality and energy consumption.
Use Ceiling Fans
A lot of people turn their ceiling fans off for the winter. However, they’re useful in dispersing the warm air throughout your home and contributing to more even heating. Set your fans to spin in the clockwise direction to take advantage of this. Since heat rises, your fans will push all that heat down to where it’s actually needed.
Schedule HVAC Maintenance
Usually, fall is the best time to schedule annual preventative maintenance for your HVAC system. However, if you haven’t scheduled your service appointment yet, make sure you do before the holidays hit, particularly if you’re hosting at your house. While it would be memorable, it wouldn’t be a fun party if suddenly you and your guests were without heat.
Don’t leave your guests in the cold this holiday season.
Residents in Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, and surrounding areas have trusted the specialists at HAMCO Heating & Cooling Ltd. with all of their HVAC needs since 1946.