HVAC Turkey Trot: How to Keep Your HVAC System Running Smoothly During Thanksgiving   

Thanksgiving is a time for family, feasting, and giving thanks. However, it’s also a time when your HVAC system might be working overtime to keep your home comfortable for your guests. To avoid any hiccups during the holiday festivities, embark on an HVAC Turkey Trot with this checklist to keep your system running smoothly! 

Pre-Thanksgiving Checkup: 

Schedule a routine maintenance check before the holiday rush. This includes inspecting and cleaning the HVAC unit, changing air filters, and ensuring all components are in good working order. 

Change that filter! 

Change your HVAC system’s air filters at least a week before Thanksgiving (don’t put it off! At least check it to make sure it’s clean). This ensures optimal airflow and helps prevent any last-minute issues. 

A personal home inspection 

Take a stroll around your home to inspect all windows and doors for any drafts. Proper insulation helps your HVAC system maintain a consistent temperature, reducing strain on the unit. If you notice any major drafts and you’re running low on time before this year’s festivities, consider using plastic wrap until you can have it professionally inspected and fixed.  

Turkey Timing 

Plan your cooking schedule with your HVAC system in mind. Around this time of year, baking is paramount. The turkey, sweet potato casserole, cookies, pies, and more. If possible, stagger your cooking times to avoid overloading the system with excess heat. Also make sure to keep this in mind when setting your thermostat temperature! 

Programmed Peace of mind 

If you have a programmable thermostat, use it to optimize energy use during the holiday. Set the temperature lower when guests are away or asleep to save on energy costs. 

By following this HVAC Turkey Trot checklist, you can ensure that your Thanksgiving celebration is warm, comfortable, and free from any HVAC-related surprises. Give yourself the gift of a smoothly running system, allowing you to focus on the joy of the season with family and friends. 

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