Now that Thanksgiving is over, and your family is likely polishing off the last of the turkey sandwiches, it’s time to start thinking about the most wonderful time of the year – Christmas. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or another winter holiday, chances are good you’ll have some guests, and chances are good you’ll want to keep them comfortable. Here are some tips for getting ready for Christmas and keeping your guests happy.
Call Your Local HVAC Service Team
Toward the end of December, the nights can start getting a bit chilly. For this reason, it’s always a good idea to make sure your HVAC system has been properly cleaned and maintained. Annual maintenance is actually best in the winter months since HVAC companies aren’t as busy, and if you’re in the market to have your ducts cleaned (meaning it’s been longer than a few years since your last duct cleaning), it’s the perfect time for that, as well.
Consider the Cooking Environment
If you’ll have guests over while you’re cooking your Christmas dinner, make sure you’ve planned ahead for the extra heat, humidity, and odor. You can check that your range hood is clean and operational, and you might even consider installing an exhaust fan in a kitchen window for the day. Though your air conditioner can certainly help with the humidity, it’s probably not ideal for a late December evening. Instead, think about a room dehumidifier you can keep in your kitchen. This will keep things far more comfortable without having to rely so heavily on your HVAC system in the first place.
Getting Ready for Christmas by Deep Cleaning
It’s always a good idea to give your home a good, deep cleaning just prior to the arrival of guests, and this is even more important if you have pets or indoor floral arrangements. Many, many people have severe allergies, and even if you try to keep your pets away from the guest rooms or take your flowers outside, the dander and pollen will linger. A deep cleaning will keep everyone more comfortable. If you don’t feel like getting ready for Christmas by deep cleaning your home, a cleaning service is often quite affordable this time of year, especially if you have holiday coupons.
Trimming the Tree
Trimming the tree is a vital part of getting ready for Christmas (and getting in the holiday spirit), but it’s important that you take the time to consider the type and size of your tree beforehand. Make sure it’s not too tall; if there is at least six inches between the tree topper (not the highest branch) and the ceiling, you’re all set. Consider its circumference, too, and the amount of room it will take up in your home. Though an artificial tree doesn’t smell as nice, you won’t spend the next few weeks cleaning up pine needles, either. Make the choice that works best for you and your guests.
Getting ready for Christmas might seem overwhelming, but planning ahead can keep you from exhausting yourself before the festivities even begin. Keep things like guest comfort and your own wishes in mind, and you’re sure to have a wonderful Christmas this year.