With winter upon us, homeowners and families everywhere are preparing for the festive holiday season, or have already kicked it off in some cases. Those who plan to host guests in their home during the holidays, particularly family or friends staying for long periods, have a few important areas to think about, one of which is comfort and air quality – both dictated by a strong HVAC system.
At Airtime Heating & Cooling, we’re here to help. We offer a variety of quality HVAC services, from furnace installation to heater repair and even air quality solutions to keep your home comfortable and healthy for anyone who visits over the holidays – plus you and your family, of course. Here are several areas to prioritize, from those we’ll assist you with to others you can handle on your own in many cases.
Inspection and Maintenance
For starters, having your HVAC system and furnace inspected and maintained by our quality HVAC pros during the late fall or early winter is vital, both for this and several other reasons. The last thing you want to be running into is a broken furnace or some other temperature issue while company is around, the kinds of issues that could have been prevented with a basic inspection and upkeep appointment. We’ll perform tasks ranging from basic cleaning to minor repairs as needed, also lengthening the lifespan of your system.
Filter, Vents and Ducts
Changing HVAC filters is important throughout the year, and especially so if your home will have additional occupants for a period of time – this introduces a wider array of contaminants that need to be removed from the air. Ensure your filter is up-to-date and clean.
In addition, take a few minutes to clean the accessible areas of your vents and air ducts, particularly if any dust or other buildups are present. This will limit allergens and other air quality detractors while also making it easier for the system to function at peak capacity.
Specific Room Prep
When preparing guest rooms or other areas where guests will stay, take some time to ensure all vents are both open and free of any impediments, such as furniture. Even if you don’t normally keep vents open in this room, you should now. You may also consider leaving an extra blanket just in case your guests need additional warmth.
Large Groups and Thermostat Considerations
Finally, for some minor cost savings, you might consider lowering your thermostat a degree or two during large holiday gatherings. This is because large groups of people give off significant body heat, often warming the room or even the entire home on their own. Combine this with potential oven use and lots of lights being on, and you can likely give the thermostat at least a minor respite during events.
For more on preparing the HVAC system and your home for holiday guests, or to learn about any of our furnace, air conditioning or air quality services, speak to the staff at Airtime Heating & Cooling today.
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