Many people take their annual vacation during the cold weather months, while others choose to stay close to home and host their loved ones for holiday meals.
If you are in the latter group, then it is important to make sure that your home is prepared for hosting guests. This means a variety of things including making sure that the room that your guests are staying in is clean and the bed is made. The snacks and drinks that they liked are stocked in the kitchen. And, your heating system is in top condition and prepared to keep the temperature in your home warm and cozy.
To do this, there are many steps that you can take:
- First, call a professional HVAC technician to have a maintenance inspection of your heating system done. During inspection the technician will check to make sure that all belts, hoses and components are working properly and do not have any damage. Maintenance checks are the best way to prevent a major breakdown of your heating system. And, maintenance are far less expensive than repairs.
- Next, ask your HVAC technician to check all of the ducts in your heating system. Any holes in the ducts will cause the system to work far less efficiently, leading to the motor to work overtime. This could cause the system to breakdown quicker than necessary, and will definitely cause your bill to be much higher that it should be.
- Finally, go around your home and check to make sure that all of your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly and have fresh batteries. A large majority of house fires occur during the winter months due to improper care of heating methods.
With the holidays in full swing, most families have a very busy social calendar with various comings and goings scheduled. Make sure that your heating system is ready for any friends or family that you plan to have in your home, and that your safety system is poised to alert you to any emergencies.