Creating an inviting environment for your friends and family is the key to a fun holiday celebration. Lucky for you, delivering that homey atmosphere doesn't require much effort on your part. We've compiled a few simple ways to make your guests comfortable and your life easy during any holiday gathering.
Avoid Blocking Vents With Furniture
The most powerful heating system in the world won't do you much good if your air vents are blocked by furniture. This is true during every time of year, not just the holidays. Is it safe to block a heating vent? No! Try rearranging your furniture so that your guests are comfortable without blocking those critical air vents. Modular furniture is easy to disassemble and move as needed throughout your home in order to prevent heater performance issues.
Maintain Your HVAC System
It's difficult to enjoy a relaxing holiday celebration if your heating, cooling, and air quality are sub-par. At a minimum, you should swap out your furnace filters every six months or so, and every 2 or 3 months if you have pets or young children. Having the ducts cleaned by a professional will improve your indoor air quality dramatically, as well, and getting regular air duct maintenance on your furnace will improve its efficiency and effectiveness.
Use Your Ceiling Fans
According to the US Department of Energy, ceilings fans will allow you to raise the thermostat 4°F without decreasing overall comfort. When paired with an efficient HVAC system, ceiling fans can drastically improve the comfort of any home. Rotate fans in reverse to distribute heat evenly throughout the house. You can also look into purchasing energy efficient ceiling fans for increased savings on your energy bills.
Manage the Temperature With a Smart Thermostat
Packing a large crowd into a confined space can quickly lead to guest discomfort. Smart thermostats like Nest instantly respond to changes in air temperature, thereby keeping holiday party guests comfortable without any effort on your part.
You can also plan for the higher temperatures by lowering the thermostat setting a few degrees. All of the extra people in your home will make up for the change in temperature.
Check the Hot Water Heaters
If you plan to have guests spend the night at your home, then make sure the water heater is in proper working condition. There's no worse feeling than stepping into an ice-cold shower when you're expecting warmth. You don't want your guests to have to take a cold shower or wash their hands with cold water in the middle of winter.