If you’re hosting guests this holiday season, you may already be preparing for their arrival. You may also feel your stress level rising as your to-do list continues to grow. But being a good host doesn’t have to be stressful, especially with some planning and preparation before their arrival. Read on for some tips and tricks that can help keep your guests comfortable in your home over the holidays.
Provide Instructions for the Thermostat
Many guests feel uncomfortable fiddling with the thermostat in their host’s home, even if the temperature is far too warm or cool for them. Others may want to adjust the temperature for their own comfort but simply aren’t sure how. By providing your guests with some written or verbal guidance on how to use the thermostat, as well as your assurance that they’re free to adjust the thermostat until they feel comfortable, you’ll ensure that they feel far more at home.
Make Plenty of Pillows and Blankets Handy
Because each of your guests likely has their own “comfort temperature,” ensuring that there are plenty of soft throw blankets handy can help guests handle temperature fluctuations without running for the thermostat. This is especially true for guests who are visiting you from another part of the country, as the clothes these guests pack may not be appropriate for Jacksonville’s mild winter climate.
And because pillows can often harbor dust mites, even after they’ve been laundered, it’s also a good idea to stock up on new pillows and a new set of sheets instead of providing your guest(s) with your old ones. This is especially true if you have dogs, cats, or other furry pets, as those with even mild allergies could wake up with itchy eyes or sinus symptoms.
Cool Down Main Gathering Areas
The more people in a room, the hotter it can feel, so it’s often a good idea to turn the heat down (at least in main areas) an hour or two before your guests arrive. Otherwise, if your thermostat reads a comfortable 72 degrees in your unoccupied bedroom, a guest-packed kitchen, dining room, or living room might be 75 degrees or higher. And if you’re using your stove or oven, this can only further increase the temperature in the main part of your home; instead, turn the heat down as soon as you start cooking.
Helping your guests feel comfortable doesn’t need to be stressful. Whether you’re already having HVAC issues or just want to head off any potential problems with your climate control system this holiday season, A/C Designs can help. Our experienced, professional technicians serve the entire Jacksonville area and can inspect your HVAC system from top to bottom, correcting any problems well before your guests arrive. Contact us today to learn more about the services we offer or to fill out a contact form.