The decorations are up, the gingerbread cookies are baked and guest linens have all been laundered.
You may think you have done everything in preparation for your holiday guests, but if you haven’t tuned up or maintained your home’s systems, you haven’t thought of everything.
Your Brooklyn heating and Brooklyn plumbing experts at Petri Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Drain Cleaning know there’s more to hosting company than simply preparing for a few extra mouths to feed and ensuring the guest rooms are clean. You also need to consider the additional burden on your home’s HVAC and plumbing systems.
Now that you have some additional bodies in the house, it would be a shame if your holiday celebrations were ruined because your heating decided this was the perfect time to go out.
So, before that happens, you should schedule a heating system tune-up with a professional. A maintenance call begins with a system cleaning and a thorough inspection of your entire system from the thermostat to the heat exchanger. It can also alert you to potential problems that could arise during the winter heating season.
You should also change the air filter just before your guests arrive, as well. Not only does this help your system run more efficiently, it will also provide your home with cleaner and fresher air.
Keep in mind that extra people means your system will be doing extra work. Even if your filter manufacturer only recommends changing it once every three months, you may need to change it more frequently if your heat is running more often.
The additional people visiting your home this holiday season can also be taxing on your home’s plumbing system.
You may need to consider having your water heater serviced and any minor leaks or slow drains attended to before your guests arrive. With more people using the hot water, flushing the toilets and using the sinks, smaller issues will compound to become larger ones.
And, if you really want to impress your holiday visitors, you might even consider remodeling your bathroom. If your bathroom looks dingy or your tub has chips and cracks, what better way to “wow” your guests than to treat them to a whole new bathing experience?
But, no matter how you celebrate the winter holidays, the staff at Petri hope you have a fun and safe season. If we can help you prepare for the onslaught of visitors by providing a heating tune-up, a plumbing repair or even a whole new bathroom remodel design, give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.