Heating Tips for This Thanksgiving

By November 21, 2014Heating, Tips

With the first family holiday of the season coming up, it’s time to start getting the house in order. From preparing food to cleaning and organizing for out-of-town guests, it can be hectic.

Aside from making sure the turkey is perfectly cooked, the potatoes aren’t boiling over, the cranberry sauce is ready to go, the dressing is plated on the table, and the desserts are perfectly sweet, there’s one crucial element left…

Your HVAC unit! The heating system in your home is very important during this marathon holiday season and you want to be confident that it’s running on maximum efficiency to keep everyone warm. You might even some dollars in the process, too.

Here are a few tips to help make sure you and your guests are comfy as can be this Thanksgiving:

#1 Dust, Dust, and Dust Again

Dust in your home not only causes our allergies to go haywire, but it’s also horrible for your heating system. The more you dust, the less dust there is floating around your house and passing through your filter and duct work. An easy and cost-effective means of dusting your house is pretty simple: Grab a towel that you’re no longer using, lightly wet it, and run it over your furniture. The dust will be trapped in the towel and all you have to do when you’re finished is throw it in the washer. Also, pay special attention to the vents—and most importantly—the air returns in your home.

#2 Change Your Air Filter

It seems simple enough, but this is often one of the most overlooked maintenance items there is. Changing your air filter is fairly simple as long as you have the right air filter in place. The easiest way to avoid any issues is to bring the used filter to the hardware store and pick up a few for the winter season ahead.

#3 Lower Your Thermostat

Between cooking a perfect bird and the hustle and bustle of your family and friends running through the house, the temperature in your home is bound to rise without your furnace. So do yourself a favor and lower your thermostat to keep your home at a comfortable level.

With the combination of dusting, changing your air filters, and lowering your thermostat, you’ll be guaranteed to save on your heating bill this year. Just be sure to remember that if you’re in a pinch this holiday season to contact the heating experts of B.R. McGinty for all of your heating needs at 501-847-6800. We’re here 24/7 to help keep you and your family happy and warm this holiday season.

Happy Thanksgiving!!