Thanksgiving week is here! It’s so close we can smell it – pumpkin pies baking in the oven, the turkey, mashed potatoes and all the other famous, traditional dishes. If you’re hosting, have you began your shopping yet? If not, you better hurry, the stores will be packed. If you have, you must be quite the planner but have you planned for how you’re going to keep your guests comfortable this holiday season? Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving or Christmas, we have a few tips for you, if not.
- Turn your heat down a few degrees. If you keep your heat on 70, turn it down to 68. Not only will you have the oven going all day but the more people in your home, the hotter it will get. Especially if they are concentrated in one or two rooms. If you’re like a lot of families, you may have some holiday traditions like cards or board games. Usually, the energy gets even higher if that’s the case so be sure to adjust your heat depending on the number of people and activities that they will be involved in.
- Get air circulating in the kitchen. To help let out some of the heat from the oven and stove, it may be a good idea to crack a window or turn on a ceiling fan in the kitchen or nearest room if you have an open floor plan. This will help keep the air circulating and keep you and your guests cool.
- Check for drafts. The weather in Frederick County, MD and surrounding areas can be moderate or cold during Thanksgiving but it usually is cold during Christmas. Be sure to keep an eye on the weather and if it’s going to be cold or windy, be sure that your windows and doors aren’t letting in any drafts. If they are, take proper measures to seal them.
- Check your blanket supply. If you plan on having overnight guests, be sure that you have enough blankets for them to use in case you forget to turn the heat back up after everyone leaves. This will ensure that their comfort extends through the night.
- Make sure that your heating system is working properly. A properly working system is a sure way to ensure comfort. If you are hosting, it’s not too late to schedule your maintenance. Give us a call or contact us today. Christmas will be here before you know it!