With the holiday season in full swing, now is a great time to start thinking about all of the fun traditions that take place during this time of year. In the midst of all of these traditions, though, it’s important to keep in mind your Spring home’s comfort.
Otherwise, in the midst of the busyness, you could easily overlook this important responsibility, leading either to an uncomfortable home or unusually high utility bills. With a few strategic holiday heating tips from North Point Air Conditioning & Heating, though, you’ll be able to balance comfort with efficiency all season long.
Use Your Oven
Running your oven uses quite a bit of electricity. With holiday cooking in full swing, though, you’ll likely be using your oven quite frequently. To help add a little heat to your home, you can open your oven after the cooking is done and allow it to vent into your kitchen. This ensures that the heat isn’t wasted and could reduce the amount that your furnace operates for a period of time.
Check Your Air Filter
Many traditional holiday activities, including decorating, cooking, and having get-togethers, can release extra dust into your home. To ensure that your HVAC system’s air filter can keep up with this increased demand, it’s a good idea to check your air filter before the season gets into full swing. If the filter is showing signs that it’s starting to become saturated with dust, the pros at North Point Air Conditioning & Heating recommend that you go ahead and replace it so that you don’t forget about it during all the hustle and bustle.
Take Advantage of Your Fireplace
Nothing rounds out your home’s holiday decor like a crackling fireplace. There’s something special about gathering your family around the fireplace during the holidays and spending time roasting marshmallows or reminiscing about holiday seasons of the past. Take advantage of these special moments and utilize your fireplace to provide the bulk of the warmth in your home instead of depending on your furnace. The best part is that at the end of the evening, everyone can head to bed and snuggle under their covers to stay warm in the cool house.
Find Good Routings for Cords
If you put up holiday lights on your home’s exterior, you’ll need a way to provide power to those lights. If you have an outdoor outlet, this is the best way to do the job. However, if you don’t have an outdoor outlet, you may need to run an extension cord through a door or window opening so that you can run power from inside your home. Doing this, though, could allow a lot of hot air to escape from your home. Therefore, do what the pros at North Point Air Conditioning & Heating do and install some extra insulation to fill in any large gaps created by the extension cord so that your home can stay comfortable.
Have Your Furnace Maintained
The last thing you want to do is to wake up on Christmas or another holiday and discover that your furnace has failed. To prevent this from happening, it’s a good idea to have your furnace maintained by North Point Air Conditioning & Heating before the holiday rush begins. With a thorough top-to-bottom inspection and basic maintenance of essential parts, you can have confidence that your furnace will run smoothly during the holiday season and throughout the rest of the winter.
Account for Your Unusual Schedule
During the holidays, many people find themselves operating on unusual schedules. If that’s true of you, it’s important to reprogram your thermostat to account for the different times you’ll be at home. This will ensure that you’re able to stay comfortable and don’t come home to a cold house when you arrive unexpectedly early. For increased control over your home’s temperature, we at North Point Air Conditioning & Heating recommend a smart thermostat that allows you to control your home’s temperature when you’re away from home.
Add a Humidifier
As the weather turns colder, you’ll likely notice your skin drying out due to a lack of moisture in the air. To help overcome this problem in your home, you can add a humidifier. In addition to keeping you comfortable, a humidifier can help keep you healthy so that you’re feeling well for all of the special holiday events. Plus, if you opt for a real tree in your home, a humidifier will help the tree stay fresh for longer.
Your Holiday Home Experts
At North Point Air Conditioning & Heating, we understand that HVAC needs don’t take the holidays off. That’s why we remain committed to responding quickly to any home comfort need that you might have during the holidays, whether you need furnace maintenance, air conditioner installation, or insulation installation. You can count on our 40-plus years of experience to guide us to get the job done correctly the first time, which is one reason why we consistently receive five-star customer reviews. For more holiday heating tips, contact us at North Point Air Conditioning & Heating today.