There are many preparations that need to be completed in the run up to the festive period: cards need to be mailed, gifts need to be purchased and dinners need to be planned. But amidst all the mayhem, don’t forget to prep your home too.
With all the extra guests arriving for Holiday parties, that means extra strain on your appliances… you don’t want your heating to malfunction on Christmas day and be left in the cold! Here’s our guide to preparing your home for the Holidays if you’re expecting guests.
Winterize Your House
If it gets cold or wet where you live, you need to prepare now before the really bad weather arrives. Check or change your air filters to keep your inside air fresh and your system in peak condition. If you want to avoid unnecessary filter changes or clogs, install FILTERSCAN® Wifi so you’ll get an alert when it’s time to act. Also check window and door seals for air leakage and seal them up. Lastly, ensure the exterior is prepared by maintaining clean gutters - have salt on hand for walkways and stairs to prevent slips and falls.
Inspect Your Heating
Festive parties should be warm and cozy, so make sure your heating unit is in great working order. As well as timely air filter replacement, duct cleaning is an important step to take. To clean your ducts, remove the cover on the register and vacuum out the opening. Be careful not to go too far down though as this could cause damage. A well-tuned, clean heating system operates much more efficiently, is better for the environment and will save you money this Holiday season. That’s more dollars for eggnog and pecan pie!
Check Your Plumbing
Though it might not be polite to mention, more guests means your bathroom gets some extra use...Avoid embarrassing situations with timely preventative maintenance and repairs. Drains should be checked to ensure they are clear - try plunging some water through. For most, minor blockages and a plumber's snake will do the job. If you can't seem to get the water flowing right, it may be time to call a plumber.
Prep Your Garbage Disposal
Another unit that’s going to get some extra use this Holiday is your garbage disposal. As with all things, prevention is the best cure so give everyone in your household a refresher on what doesn’t go in there. The worst offenders for blocking a garbage disposal are bones, grease, fruit pits, and even potato peel! Be careful if you are going to try and clear a blockage yourself - never put your hand in there! Make sure the unit is switched off and then use a wooden spoon or tongs to loosen or extract the offending item.