If you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, chances are you’re more concerned about preparing the meal and being left with a mess, rather than your HVAC system. However, hosting a large group of people is one of the easiest ways to run up your energy bill. So, if you’re hosting a Thanksgiving or other gathering this year, follow these simple tips to avoid a holiday heating disaster and be properly prepared:
- Turn down the water heater temperature. Inviting a lot of people into your home is a guaranteed way to use a lot of water, which means high energy bills. Consider lowering the temperature on your water heater by 10 degrees, and reduce the amount of electricity used by 3-5%. We’d recommend setting your water heater temperature to no more than 120 degrees. If you’ve never changed it before, it’s likely set at 140 degrees; therefore, you’ll save 6-10% on electricity by making this slight tweak.
- Turn down the thermostat (or better yet, consider purchasing a smart thermostat). If you’ve been debating getting a smart thermostat (link to smart thermostat blog post) for some time now, this could be the final reason to take the plunge. We recommend turning your thermostat down when you have guests over – those extra bodies in the room will make it feel warmer, and you’ll save on energy costs. In fact, turning your thermostat back 7-10 degrees can save 10% on your yearly energy bills. But an easier way to tackle this issue is by installing a smart thermostat, which will allow you to set a schedule to automatically adjust the temperature.
- Keep your vents clear of debris. Before your guests arrive, make sure your air vents are all free of debris, plants, pet hair, toys, etc. When vents are blocked, the airflow is compromised and this could cause your HVAC system to breakdown. Once your guests arrive, be sure to continue keeping those vents clear of shoes, coats, bags, and anything else that could block your vents.
- Replace your air filters ahead of time. Be prepared for the worst by replacing your air filters before you host Thanksgiving. Air filters are inexpensive and easy to replace, as long as you remember! Replacing your air filters ensures the air flowing from your furnace into your home is clean, while keeping your furnace working properly and avoiding a holiday heating disaster.
- Schedule your annual maintenance check before the holidays. If you’re having people over for the holidays, we strongly suggest scheduling your annual HVAC maintenance appointment before people come to your home. An HVAC professional will be able to repair any leaks you may have, remind you to change your filter, help you program your thermostat and check for any other damage that might cause a holiday heating disaster.
While you may not think of holiday HVAC preparation this time of year, it’s essential to the success of your holiday celebrations. Ensure your guests stay warm and comfortable during their visit, and that your energy bills don’t skyrocket. Give us a call at 770-766-8714 or schedule an appointment online. We’re happy to help!