Easy Holiday Air Comfort Tips in Time for Christmas

Christmas is nearly here! Have you optimized your home for maximum holiday air comfort?

You probably would say, "No," and that's understandable. Most people have plenty to worry about around the holidays without adding HVAC to the list. However, to make sure you have as Holly-a-Jolly Christmas as possible, all you have to do is follow these easy holiday air comfort tips.

Change Your Air Filter

The holidays are a busy time of year. You might have family coming in from out of town, local friends stopping by for a quick eggnog, or whatever. The point is that your heating system will need to be working as efficiently as possible. So before things get busy, change out the air filter. Because, let's face it, you probably need to do it anyway.

Turn Down the Heat

Lots of people generate body heat. Ovens get hot, and so do stoves. If you want to keep your house comfortable during a long Christmas dinner, turn down the heat a couple notches below what you're usually comfortable with.

How low should you go?

Are you coldblooded and like to keep things around 72 or 74 degrees? Knock the thermostat down to 65 or so before the party really gets going. If you usually keep things in the mid-60's, push it down to around 60. Trust me, all the cooking and the visiting will keep the inside of your house plenty comfortable.

Keep the Air Moving

Around Christmas, there are probably a lot more weird smells floating around your home than usual. First, you'll have your typical cooking smells, which get a lot more pungent when you inevitably burn something. Then, you'll have other human...scents.

So, keep that air moving! Most central heating and air conditioning systems can switch their fan between Auto and On. In Auto, the fan comes on when the furnace or a/c does. With On, the fan is just constantly cycling air. You're going to want to use that last one after everybody is stuffed with Christmas dinner. If you know what I mean.


Do you do anything special to maintain your holiday air comfort? Let us know in the comments below, on Facebook, or on Twitter.


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