The winds of winter are blowing into central Texas and that means two things: it’s time to break out the stretchy pants and prepare to host friends and family for Thanksgiving. Hosting extended family is stressful enough, and the last thing that you want is for them to be uncomfortable during their stay or worse — have the A/C or heat go out entirely! Use these tips below to prepare your home for guests:
It’s a great idea to change your filters regularly, especially when using your furnace instead of the air conditioner. This holds especially true when your home is housing more people than usual. You want your system working at 100% efficiency and the number one thing you can do to assist is to make sure that it can breathe! At the absolute minimum, you should be changing your filter(s) every 3 months, but every month is better for your system and air quality (especially if there is a change in seasonal allergens in the air or weather). Replacing your filter is one of the easiest things you can do to prepare your home for guests, and it benefits your system in the short and long term. What are you waiting for? Get in there and swap it!
Do you have pets? If so, you probably also have relatives or in-laws that are (or claim to be) allergic to your furry friends. Even if you don’t have pets, the change in allergens can bother out-of-towners. A great way to prepare your home for guests is to have an air purifier on hand to place in the room where affected visitors are sleeping. If your family typically has allergies, you may want to look into an air filtration system like the PureAir Air Purification System by Lennox. This system will purify the air throughout your home in its entirety better than any other single system that you can purchase, and will do so year-round. Wouldn’t it be nice for your home to be an oasis from cedar fever? If you have any questions about air purification or how it would work with your current HVAC setup, give us a shout!
If you’re hosting family, you’re probably using space that you don’t utilize every day. Before your relatives are at your doorstep, make a quick pass through guest rooms and other areas where people will be spending time. Look/feel for drafts or cold spots. Check windows to see if they’re keeping the cold out, and see if blinds or curtains can be opened to let sunlight in. Take a peek at the vents in guest rooms to ensure that they’re not only open but aren’t blocked or dirty. You want to avoid hearing that your guests were freezing all night because the heat wasn’t working in their room. Skip the awkwardness, check beforehand.
Everyone has a family member that won’t leave the thermostat alone. Whether it’s “too hot” or “freezing” — a smart thermostat gives you complete control over the temperature. Meaning that if someone is getting up in the middle of the night to make their own adjustments to your home’s climate, you can just open the app on your phone and change it back to your preferred temperature. It’s not about control, it’s about making sure the majority of the people under your roof are as comfortable as possible! Of course, saving money every month on electricity and the ability to turn your system on and off remotely doesn’t hurt! If your family is getting to your house before you will, you can open the app and set the temperature to prepare your home for guests.
What’s worse than all of your guests arguing over trivial things in your home? All of your guests arguing over trivial things in your home without A/C or heat. Scheduling a routine maintenance appointment is already a great idea, but when it comes to hosting family and friends, don’t leave anything to chance. We’ll make sure that your system is running at 100% efficiency and if there are any small issues, we’ll take care of them right then and there as cost-effectively as possible. This way, a small problem doesn’t turn into a huge one and you can always be confident that your system is in great shape. Murphy’s law says that anything that can go wrong, will. Don’t let that happen to you, especially with a house full of guests. Let everyone argue over football, their beer of choice, or the type of stuffing on the table — not the temperature.
When you have family or friends coming into town, you’ll have a much easier time as host if you take a few steps to prepare your home for guests. Take these steps to ensure that your home is a comfortable place where everyone can come together. If you have any questions about your furnace, routine maintenance, or just want to chat about how we can bring total home comfort to your holiday plans, drop us a line!