With the arrival of holiday house guests looming on the calendar, it's time to inspect and test the various systems in your home to ensure that each one is in proper working order. These tips will help you ready your home for the friends and relatives you're expecting this holiday season.
- Change the filter. The air filter ensures that the air that circulates through your HVAC system is clean and free of pollen and dust. To protect house guests with allergies, replace the air filter it if it is dirty, or if the air filter is more than 90 days old.
- Run the furnace. If you have not yet run the furnace this winter, turn it on to ensure that it is working properly and heating all rooms of your house. If the furnace experiences a problem, check all vents for obstructions, and schedule an appointment with an HVAC repair person if necessary.
- Turn up your water heater. Turn up your water heater to ensure there will be enough hot water for all your guests, but for safety's sake, don't set the temperature above 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Keeping the temperature below 120 Fahrenheit is especially important if your guests are bringing small children with them.
- Schedule professional drain cleaning services. When your guests are sharing your bathroom and big meals are being made in their honor, it's especially important that the drains are functioning properly in your sinks, showers and bathtubs. Contact a company like Rapid Rooter Inc for help with this.
- Apply weather stripping to doors. A drafty home can be a chilly home for house guests. Apply weather stripping to your home's exterior door frames to ensure that your doors won't let in all the cold air when temperatures drop.
- Seal windows. Plastic window seal is available in hardware stores and home improvement centers. Apply it to single pane windows to stop warm air from escaping through the windows, to ensure the comfort of your guests.
- Schedule your annual inspection. Your chimney needs to be inspected even if you only use it a few times a year. Bird nests and other debris can become caught in the chimney, which can lead to a chimney fire when you use the fireplace on those cozy holiday nights.
- Have your chimney cleaned if necessary. The chimney inspector may recommend that your chimney be cleaned. Following this recommendation is important. If your chimney has creosote build up from previous fires, this too could lead to a chimney fire.
Performing these simple tasks will help ensure that your home is ready for your house guests, so you and your loved ones can have a fun and safe holiday season.