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With the holiday season in full swing, if you’re like most homeowners, you’re probably entertaining family and friends. Indeed, it’s the most wonderful time of the year for a reason, but it can also be one of the most stressful times. Why is that?  We’ll give you a hint. It’s not because of the hustle and bustle of finding the perfect gift, or planning a party. Instead, the answer might just surprise you.

Yes, it’s true that when you are entertaining, things can get a little heated. But, it doesn’t have to be this way, especially if you understand how to create that warm and inviting atmosphere. Here are some simple ways.

Regulate the indoor temperature

We’ve discussed the benefits of digital, programmable thermostats, and how they can save you on monthly utility bills. But, did you know that a digital, programmable thermostat that keeps pace with your furnace has the ability to keep your home and guests comfortable? Given a wider range of temperature selections, and with some models even having smart-enabled technology, you have the ability to make sure Grandma who always freezes and cousin Billy who prefers wearing shorts all year will be equally satisfied.

It’s the little things

Being an HVAC company, it’s true that we have a host of products that can guarantee your complete comfort. But, beyond what we have in our product showroom, there are little things you can do to keep your guests happy. For instance, blocking door cracks, letting the sun shine in during the day, and closing the curtains at night can help keep the drafty weather away. Additionally, investing in energy-efficient windows and doors can preserve more heat while saving you money in the long run.

Insulate throughout

Heat can escape as quickly as it gets generated if your home has poor insulation.  Attic floors, basement ceilings and exterior walls are the typical culprits when it comes to the great heat escape in most homes. Therefore, it’s always are great idea to consider adding more insulation to these areas. For even more comfort, add fiberglass to the ducts in attics and to floors to keep temperatures consistently warmer. It’s a small upgrade, yet its benefits are big, not to mention noticed almost immediately. Best of all, adding additional insulation it will contribute to your home’s overall value.

Close the flue

Relaxation can be had with a nice, warm fire. We couldn’t agree more that this is one of the best parts of winter months in Indiana. However, when the fireplace is not in use, be sure to close the chimney flue. If it remains open, colder air will make its way into the house giving you and your guests cold hands and feet. Plus, it’s one of the biggest wastes of energy.

Keep a wrap on it

You might think that the inside of your home is the only place where heat is lost, and that’s not exactly true. Water heaters and pipes also can lose heat if they are not wrapped. Water heaters can preserve more hot water for your guests in you buy an inexpensive blanket and keeping it wrapped around the water by investing in foam, tape or pipe-wrap insulation.

With holiday entertaining in your future, there’s no reason to turn up the heat unnecessarily. Instead, follow these tips to keep you and your family comfortable through the celebrations and beyond. From our family to yours, Happy Holidays!