Thanksgiving Day is coming up fast. One thing you probably haven’t thought about is if your heating and cooling system is ready.
Sure, the food may be taken care of, but what about your heating and cooling system? Since it’ll be in charge of making sure your guests are nice and comfortable, it’s important to get it prepped for the event.
So here are five ways you can get your system ready for a Thanksgiving party.
Turn down the heat a bit
It may seem counterintuitive to turn down the heat in chilly fall weather but, in this case, there’s a good reason for you to do it.
Thanksgiving cooking will usually involve a stove and oven and will probably take a while. And during this process, your house may warm up a bit more than you’re comfortable with.
Turning down the heat in your furnace should help to combat the excessive heat from cooking. And it should keep everyone comfortably warm at the same time.
Change your air filter
You’re probably going to be having more than a few people over. And some of them may be prone to pollen or dust allergies.
Your air filter is a primary site for dust and pollen buildup. And if there’s enough debris present in the filter, your system may spread it back around the house.
At best, this will make the air unpleasant to breathe. And at worst, it will trigger serious allergy symptoms in you or your guests.
So it’s important to clean out your air filters, or change them altogether, before your Thanksgiving party.
Make sure your pilot light is blue
The pilot light is a flame that can be found inside your furnace. And its purpose is to heat up the gas as it comes out of the furnace, thus warming up your home.
The light should always be a light blue color and anything other than that could mean serious trouble. A discolored pilot light indicates that the flame isn’t burning with enough oxygen. And it may begin to produce carbon monoxide.
Carbon monoxide poisoning is no joke and could be fatal for everyone on the premises. So it’s important to have your pilot light checked not only for your guest’s safety but for your own as well.
Sniff out any weird smells
Run your heating and cooling system for a while and smell the air. And if you smell anything out of the ordinary, it isn’t something to ignore. This is because certain odors – rotten egg stench for example – can point out serious issues with your system.
It’s better to check for smells before you start any cooking. This is because the smell of food may mask any strange odors coming from your HVAC system.
Save yourself the trouble and call a technician
A big holiday party may be stressful to prepare for, and you might not have the time, energy, or expertise to do a thorough system inspection yourself – and that’s okay, it’s what the professionals are here for.
The technicians at Sun can easily prep your system and solve any existing problems at the same time. So, the best thing you can do to prepare your system for Turkey Day is to schedule a maintenance checkup for it.