It’s always important to have a comfortable and well-ventilated home, but this is especially true when your guests depend on you!
If you’re hosting a Thanksgiving party, home ventilation is one of the most significant issues. This is because, with a hot kitchen and your guests generating heat, any existing problems with the ventilation/heating system are suddenly made even worse.
So without further ado, here are our tips on keeping your home well-ventilated and keeping your guests comfortable!
1. Check for drafts. A quick way to do this is to light a candle and hold it near doors and windows. If the flame flickers, you have a draft. Once you know where the drafts are coming from, take steps to seal them up. This will not only help with ventilation but also save you money on your heating bill!
2. Make sure your vents are clear. This seems like a no-brainer, but it’s easy to forget about vents when they’re not in use. Before turning on your heat for the first time in months (or years), take a look at all of your vents to make sure they’re clear of dust and debris. Clogged vents can lead to increased energy bills and decreased comfort levels in your home.
3. Consider upgrading your heating and cooling system. If your home is more than 10 years old, chances are that your heating and cooling system is outdated. Newer systems are much more efficient and can save you money on your energy bills while providing superior comfort for you and your guests. Upgrading also gives you the peace of mind of knowing that your system is less likely to break down when you need it most!
4. Bring in some fresh air! One of the best ways to improve ventilation in your home is to bring in some fresh air from outside. You can do this by opening windows and doors or by using a fan. Just be sure to close any doors or windows that lead to unheated areas, like the attic or garage, so that you don’t let all the warm air out!
5. Get a professional opinion. If you’re still not sure whether or not your home is adequately ventilated, it’s time to call in a professional. A Parker & Sons contractor can assess your ventilation situation and recommend solutions that will work best for you and your family.
Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and food—lots and lots of food! If you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, don’t let poor home ventilation ruin the holiday for you and your guests. Use these tips to ensure that everyone stays comfortable throughout the day (and night).
Call Parker & Sons if you have questions about your Phoenix and Tucson home’s ventilation, cooling, and heating. We’re here to help you this Thanksgiving season! (602) 273-7247