HVAC Prep for the Holidays

HVAC Prep for the HolidaysDon’t let holiday HVAC concerns stand in the way of seasonal good cheer. While there’s always a lot to think about at this time of year—including a number of things that can be stress-producing—the overall comfort level of your indoor environment shouldn’t be an issue. However, with more people than normal coming and going, as well as the fickle fluctuations of winter weather, it can be hard to keep the house consistently comfortable.

Here are a few timely tips to minimize holiday HVAC concerns and maximize your enjoyment of the season.

Adjust temperatures for occupancy.

If you have a number of guests staying with you or you’re hosting a holiday party, remember that body heat adds warmth to an indoor setting. You can probably bump the furnace thermostat setting down a few degrees and still maintain a comfortable environment (not to mention saving energy and lowering costs.)

Change the furnace filter.

Even if you change the filter at recommended intervals, for special occasions like the holidays you might opt to replace the furnace filter now rather than waiting for the next scheduled change. Optimum airflow is the key to consistent warmth and furnace efficiency—particularly when there may be more people than usual in the house.

Keep doors closed as much as possible.

Lots of people coming and going during the holidays? Lots of heat loss through doors opening and closing. This makes your furnace run longer cycles to compensate and increases energy consumption.

Prepare the system if you’re leaving.

In the event you’re heading out of town for the holidays, remember to set your furnace thermostat appropriately. With nobody in the house, you don’t need normal heat. On the other hand, you shouldn’t shut the furnace off entirely. While you’re away, a setting of 55 degrees reduces furnace cycles to a minimum while still keeping the house warm enough to prevent frozen plumbing and potential pipe bursts.

Since 1922, Paitson Bros. has been here to help Wabash Valley residents with any and all holiday HVAC concerns.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Terre Haute, Indiana about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 812-645-6859.

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