If you are hosting guests this holiday, you may wonder how to keep everyone comfortable in your Oklahoma home. Weather on this side of the country can be a bit unpredictable—temperatures can drop as low as in the 20’s or be as high as 50 degrees in December! With extra guests, in addition to having the oven on, it may be challenging to choose a perfect temperature on your thermostat. Luckily, the heating and cooling experts at Hill & Company have outlined a few tips to follow this holiday season that will keep your heating bills low and your guests comfortable.
Energy Saving Tips for the Holiday
If you are looking to keep your heating bills low this holiday, keep these simple tips in mind:
- If no one is home during the day, turn down the thermostat. Many homes have programmable thermostats that will automatically adjust based on what time of day it is. If you do not have a programmable thermostat, be sure to turn down the heat before you leave your home.
- After cooking, leave the oven slightly open to exhaust the heat. Letting the heat out from the oven will help warm areas of your home without turning up the temperature. While doing this, use extreme caution—especially if you have pets or small children.
- If it is too warm in your home, crack open windows before you turn on the AC. Chances are with the number of guests and extra cooking your home may get toasty on a warm day. To save energy, open windows and turn on fans to keep it cool.
- If you have elder parents or small children visiting, buy a portable heater for their room. Sometimes, babies and the elderly get cold easier. Instead of turning up the furnace, purchase a portable heater specifically for their room.
- Use the sun to your advantage by opening curtains and blinds. Oklahoma winters can be sunny—let the sun shine through your windows. It will not only brighten up your home but will also bring in free heat.
- Schedule furnace maintenance before your guests arrive. Scheduling maintenance will help your furnace run more efficiently—using less energy and could potentially lower your heating bills. Before your guests arrive, make sure your local HVAC contractor inspects your heating unit to ensure it is running efficiently.
By following these simple steps above, you can ensure you are taking proper precautions to keep your energy bill low during the holiday.
Contact Hill & Company for Furnace Maintenance
Before your guests arrive this holiday, be sure to schedule furnace maintenance. If you are located in the Oklahoma City area, call Hill & Company. We are an expert HVAC company that can help fix any furnace need. Contact us online or give us a call to schedule an appointment!