1. Don’t blast the A.C.
Lots of people in the home can make temps rise. The hot oven can keep your kitchen toasty, but turning your A.C. dial all the way down could and might cause your system to give out. A few hours before your guests arrive, drop the temperature down 2-3 degrees. Then, every couple of hours, lower it by that 2-3 degree increment. When your guests fill your home, it will be a comfortable temperature, and you won’t have to worry about that weird uncle needing to shed some layers at the dinner table!
2. Have your filters changed and Have your HVAC unit inspected
Check your air filters in the beginning of the month to make sure they are not circulating dust and other allergens. Not only will it save you money on your energy bill, but also your system won’t have to work as hard to keep your home fresh and cool. it’s a win-win! It may not seem like the most important thing to check off on your to-do list, but having a full HVAC inspection can prevent any unwanted hiccups on Thanksgiving Day. Regularly serviced units can save you money and reduce stress, keeping it running smoothly and efficiently when you need it most!
3. Don’t dump grease down the sink
It’s easy to dump that little bit of grease down the sink after cooking RESIST! That small amount can be more harmful to your pipes than you can imagine. When it hardens up, it can cause the drains to be clogged, and once that happens, there’s no going back. You’ll have to get those pipes cleared. No one wants to spend their Thanksgiving snaking the sink, so think twice about where you put that bacon grease.
4. Don’t overload your outlets
Once everyone’s stuffed with the turkey dinner, they will be in the living room watching football or browsing for those Black Friday sales before falling into a food coma. Whether it’s cell phones, TVs, or other electronics, having too many devices plugged in uses more electricity and can be a hazard. From loose wires to faulty sockets, fire hazards are a real danger, and they are more risky on holidays where there are multiple people and devices. Make sure you are using surge protectors and keeping your plug-ins to a minimum to prevent any risks. Also, if you live in a particularly old home, you may want to have your home inspected for any potential electrical problems.
5. Keep candles to a minimum
During the holidays, there’s nothing better than a gorgeous table scape full of florals, candles, and other decorative accents. Make sure you are keeping candles clear of decorations as well as blowing them out when leaving the room. Never leave lit candles unattended or burned down too low.