Ways to Warm Up Your Home for the Holidays

Try these tips to warm up your home and yourself for the holidays:

Electric Blanket – Sleep comfy and cozy.

The easiest way to get rid of the problem is by focusing on your own individual temperature. There’s no need to heat the whole house when you’ll be sleeping in your bedroom the entire night. Instead, go with an electric blanket to keep your body temperature warm and toasty. If you don’t want to invest in a heater for every guest and every room, a heated blanket may be a wise choice.

Space Heater – You Need the Extra Heat.

If you’re cold all the time, you may want to invest in a heating system. When you’re still browsing around for heating system installation, invest in space heaters for guest rooms to keep your home warm and cozy throughout the holidays.

Flannel Sheets & Warm Throw Blankets – A Soft Touch.

It’s time to change the sheets with those great flannels to keep you warm at night.  When the temperature drops suddenly, you’re often caught off guard. When you don’t want to use the heater, a cheaper fix to save money on heating your home is keeping flannel sheets or fuzzy throw blankets on hand for when you feel the chill.

Rugs & Curtains – Welcoming and Warm.

Both rugs and curtains will help keep the heat inside your home. Rugs will keep your feet comfortable and warm. Cold air can creep in through the windows, but curtains offer a source of insulation to keep the cozy warmth inside.

Fireplace & Candles – A Little Holiday Spirit.

A single tealight candle is surprisingly a huge source of heat, but a fireplace is sometimes all the warmth you need to heat an entire home. You’d be surprised how much heat is released from even a small open flame. There are plenty of reasons to light a fire in the winter or just in time for the holidays.  Who doesn’t like to get toasty by the fireplace?

Hot, Winter Beverages – A Winter Specialty.

The winter mornings and evenings can get quite chilly. Relaxing with your favorite hot tea, coffee, or a package of marshmallows for a delicious mug of hot chocolate will help warm you up.

Feast & Bake Cookies – Comfort Food.

The biggest source of heat in a home without a heating system is the oven! Do you remember the days when your parents or grandparents would leave the oven open to heat up the house after a day of baking or cooking?  If you need to warm up your home for the holidays, then this is the perfect opportunity for a day of cooking up a feast and baking cookies or desserts to heat the home. 

As always be sure keep warm this winter with the above tips or using your home heating system.

Be sure to call us today at Maximum Air to schedule your heating repair or normal maintenance and service to your Fresno HVAC unit. (559-222-0733)

Tips to Save Money with Your AC During the Winter

Who doesn’t love the idea of saving money in the winter? Particularly with our high Fresno electric bills in the summer, and with the holidays coming up, saving money is always a good thing.

In the Fresno area, we tend to go from one extreme to the other, quickly. We leave our air conditioners running most spring and summer days and then the moment the outside temps dip below 70, we are running to turn on the heat. But you don’t have to. We have a couple of ideas that can save you money and keep you from running for your heater.

TIPS TO SAVE MONEY

Open the Blinds or Curtains

Most of the year we suggest keeping the curtains closed to cut costs, in the winter you want to let all that beautiful sunshine in. It will naturally warm your house without increasing your electric bill. It may even get so toasty you might need to close the blinds again.

Turn Off the AC

As the humidity drops in the fall/winter season, the weather is more pleasant. If the temps are in the 70s, you can be very comfortable with the blinds and windows open. However, don’t keep turning the AC on and off. This will cause more problems as the unit must work harder to get your indoor temp just right.

Seal the Leaks

Do you feel cold air coming in from your doors and windows? If so, you may need to improve the insulation in those areas by sealing them or applying weather stripping. This will help you keep the warm air in and the cold air out.

Use a Programmable Thermostat

Using a programmable thermostat is one of the easiest ways to save money on your heating and cooling. In the winter you can keep your home a little cooler when you are not home or when everyone is sleeping. There is no reason to heat a home when no one is home to enjoy it. The same can be said with your AC. If you’re running your AC often, make sure you’re not cooling your home when nobody is home.

Get Your Heater Serviced

Each year many homes catch fire due to space heater use.  Why do people use space heaters? They either don’t want to turn on their home’s heater or their home’s heater is not effective enough to make everyone in every room comfortable.  Before the cooling season begins, it’s a good idea to get your heater serviced. This will make sure your heater is running well and it will be less likely to catch you by surprise with a heater repair. It’s much easier to get a unit serviced in October or November than in December and January when everyone needs heating repair in the Fresno area.

Don’t forget that winter doesn’t have to mean expensive heating costs. The above tips will help you keep costs lower during the winter season. Another idea is replacing old unit with more energy efficient ones.

Be sure to call us today at Maximum Air to schedule your heater repair or normal maintenance service to your Fresno HVAC unit. (559-222-0733).