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How to Prepare for the Holidays 

How to Prepare for the Holidays 

By: Tanya Torres

 

As Thanksgiving approaches, our number one priority is the food that we will be serving during this holiday to our loved ones. Grocery stores everywhere are packed and filled with people attempting to get the last of their much needed ingredients to make their Thanksgiving complete. Although this time of year is known for the appetizing food that is cooked, this is also the time to take a look in your home to make sure everything is running smoothly so you don’t have to deal with a last minute problem. Although it is important to have food ready and a clean home for your guests, it is also crucial to have a home that is comfortable for everyone to be in. In order to prepare your home for the arrival of Thanksgiving and your guests, you will have to ensure that everything in your home is running smoothly and you don’t add to any problems during the holiday. This is an easy checklist for you to get through to make your turkey day even more amazing. 

 

Don’t blast the A.C.

Have you ever noticed when you are in a room with a bunch of people it tends to get hotter in the room? The rise in temperature is due to all the body heat being produced and with other factors like cooking, using the oven and so on, your home can become extremely hot for you and anyone around. Although we love to feel toasty and comfortable in our homes, when it gets to be too much we turn down the A.C. system in our homes. This can be a great idea but it might make your system give out because it shocks it since it hasn’t been used due to the cold weather. To prevent your A.C. system for messing up, we recommend turning on your A.C. a few hours before your guests arrive and slowly lower the temperature down 2-3 degrees. 

 

Change Filters

It’s always a good idea to check your filters every month to make sure that everything is functioning and circulating properly. By doing this, you are able to prevent and dust from circulating around the home along with any other allergens that are lurking around in your home. Not only will changing your filters frequently prevent any allergens from compromising your health, but it will also help your HVAC system from not having to work as hard since it won’t be as clogged anymore. 

 

HVAC Inspection

Making an appointment to have your HVAC unit inspected and serviced may seem like a hassle since you have to work around your schedule, figure out if you’re free, when they are free and so on, but it can be really beneficial for you. Servicing your unit is important because it ensures that everything is working properly and allows you to save some money in the long run while reducing any stress. Holidays are already stressful enough and if your unit isn’t running efficiently then it might cause some problems for you and your guests when the holidays come around. 

 

Grease

If you’re the type to throw your grease just about anywhere then you might want to think twice about it, especially if you’re about to pour it down the sink. This is a big no-no in cooking because it can cause a lot of damage to your pipes. Although the grease you poured down the sink is in liquid, it does not mean that it is going to actually go down your pipes like water does. When the grease begins to cool down, it will actually start to harden up and this is when it becomes harmful for your drains. Once the grease hardens, it starts to clog up the drains and this can be a huge problem especially if you’re on a time crunch for your holiday dinner. You don’t want to stop making food just to attempt to unclog your drains due to negligence. 

 

Outlets

In this day and age everyone seems to be attached to their phone or electronic device no matter what their age is and where they are at. Although the holidays are about bringing people together, the online world and football games, black friday sales and all that can preoccupy our minds as we anticipate the arrival of Christmas. This means that a lot of outlets are going to be used to ensure that no one’s battery is being drained which means that our homes might be overwhelmed with the amount of electricity being used. To prevent any problems from happening, you will have to do a thorough walkthrough of your home for any loose wires, fire hazards and faulty sockets. You can also purchase any surge protectors to ensure that nothing goes wrong. 

 

Candles

Adding decorations during the holidays is a normal thing to do, no matter if it is flowers, holiday themed tablecloths, candles and more. However, adding candles to your decorations can potentially be fire hazard along with the many decorations you have added to your home. If you intend to add candles to your decorations then make sure that nothing is around the fire that could cause them to catch on fire and it does not obstruct the candle and potentially fall on them causing a fire. If you really want to add candles to set the mood for your holiday then go out and purchase some electric candles that look like the real deal. It will reduce your chances of causing a fire and make it a stress free environment for everyone. 

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