It’s the most festive time of the year! As family and friends begin to gather together (most likely in their ugly holiday sweaters), the to-do list tends to get a bit long. Yes, we know you might already plan on cleaning and reorganizing your home — but what about your HVAC, plumbing, and drains?
To ensure your home is comfy, healthy, and warm, here are five things you’ll want to consider before your guests arrive:
1. Get The Guest Bathroom Ready
If you’re having out of town guests stay at your home, then you’ll want to ensure your bathroom is prepped and ready to go. Whether you have a slow-draining shower you’ve been ignoring or a toilet that’s been running now’s the time to give us a call. Also be sure there is a wastebasket in the bathroom to dispose of personal hygiene products instead of flushing down the toilet. Of course, the last thing you want during your delicious dinner is to have to put down your fork to fix a plumbing mishap.
2. Prepare Your Drains
You’ll be cooking, prepping and dishwashing a ton this holiday season — so give your drains all the love and attention they rightfully deserve! Certainly, we know that drain cleaning is often an afterthought and not scheduled until an emergency plumber is needed. If you happen to take care of clogs, funny sounding drains, and not so pleasant drain odors now, then you will save yourself from a big problem later.
3. Upgrade Your Thermostat
The last thing you want to do is have your poor guests sweat through their holiday best. Take your normal home temperature and lower it by a few degrees or more. Between the extra cooking and all that extra body heat, the temperature can quickly rise.
If you don’t have a digital thermostat, then it might be time to think about an upgrade. Not only can you change the heat from the convenience of your smartphone, but you can also set specific temperatures at certain times of the day, making it one last thing you’ll have to think about while you’re glazing the ham.
4. Clean Your Air Filters
The worst holiday gift this season? Unintentionally sending your guests into a sneezing or allergy attack! To prevent this from happening, make sure that your HVAC system air filters are clean. For the most accurate and best way to change an air filter, check out our How to Change an Air Filter Video.
5. Improve Indoor Air Quality
Beyond clean air filters, you can also take extra measures to ensure proper home air quality. From an air scrubber purification system to whole home filtration, you will not only have a comfortable, healthy home for the holidays but great indoor air quality all year round!
6. Get Your Heater Inspected
The last thing you want is to have your friends and family over to a chilly home. Let's prevent this! As part of a heating tune-up service, your system is thoroughly inspected and several other important routine maintenance tasks are carried out. A tune-up service covers everything from your heating elements to your heat exchangers, and everything in between. We will notify you if we see any potentially serious defects that may lead to the failure or loss of heat from your furnace so you are able to plan for the problem beforehand. Even small problems should be repaired immediately to avoid having to deal with a broken heater. In the same way, preventing serious problems is often easier, cheaper, and faster.
The pros here at Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Air can help you out and ensure your home is ready for the holiday season, with ease!