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Thanksgiving Air Comfort For You & Your Guests

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Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year. Family and friends come over. Food is eaten, thanks is given, and everyone laughs when that one particular uncle does something ridiculous. But, there’s a lot that goes into keeping your family happy over the course of an evening. Which is why you should spend a minute to thank about how you’re going to deliver real Thanksgiving air comfort.

Maintain Thanksgiving Air Comfort Simply & Easily

November can be a weird month. Sometimes its unseasonably warm, but in other years there’s two feet of snow on the ground. Staying comfortable can be a bit easier said than done.

And then we get to Thanksgiving. If you’re hosting a dinner at your home, you have got to take into account interior air comfort. Now, there might not be anyway to account for your elderly grandmother who keeps her own house a ‘chill’ 98 degrees in summer, but you should take care to keep everyone else as happy as possible.

So, how do you do that?

Ovens Generate Heat

I’m sure you’ll be shocked to learn that ovens generate heat. Yes, of course, I’m aware you already knew that, but have you taken it into account for your Thanksgiving air comfort? No? You should. If you’re going to be roasting a 20 lb bird all day, the oven is going to release a considerable amount of heat into your kitchen. Combined with your central heating and air system, this could turn your kitchen into a really uncomfortable place. There’s going to be a lot of action in the kitchen on the 26th. No one wants to come out of there with sweat stains.

The best way to alleviate all that oven heat is to kick down your thermostat a few notches. You don’t want to turn the rest of your house into an ice box, so do it sparingly. Alternatively, you could close the kitchen vents that normally exhaust heat. A full day cooking means you probably won’t need the help.

Humans Are Hot

You’ve handled the excess heat in your kitchen. Meanwhile, the rest of your house is still quite comfortable and warm. Which is good, but what will happen when your guests arrive?

If you’ve got a big family, you need to account for all those warm bodies moving around, talking, laughing, and enjoying themselves in your home. A room full of people can turn a previously comfortable interior temperature up to unbearable very quickly. How should you handle that?

For optimum Thanksgiving air comfort, we recommend you turn the thermostat WAY down when your guests start to arrive. Don’t go too crazy. No need to set in on 50 or anything like that, but knocking it down to around 60-65 degrees is not out of the question. Yes, this is far more cool than most people would like, but all that body heat is going to more than make up for the heater taking a breather.

But, It’s Warm Outside!

Okay, so maybe you’re dealing with the opposite problem. Maybe you’re in the South and it’s relatively comfortable outside. You’re still going to have to deal with a hot oven and heat-spewing humans. How do you solve that Thanksgiving air comfort conundrum?

If worse comes to worse, you can always kick the air conditioner on. You might not have had to run it in a few weeks, but you could need it now. Alternatively, keep a window open in the kitchen while you’re cooking all day. That should do a lot to drain the excess heat. Open a few more when people start arriving. Maybe break out a fan or two.

And, Remember, Enjoy the Holiday

Hopefully, these simple Thanksgiving air comfort tips will help you, your friends, and family enjoy the holiday just a little bit more comfortably. Good luck!

Thermostat Installation and You!

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You’re a do-it-yourself kind of person. You’ve done your fair share of home improvements and appliance installation. You know your way around a crescent wrench. You don’t need any help when it comes to thermostat installation.

You’ve got this. You’ll be fine. Everything will be fine. No reason to panic.

Right?

Improper Thermostat Installation & How It Can Ruin Everything

Everything could go horribly wrong, but probably not in the way you’re thinking. While it’s possible to screw up the wiring that’s not the most common installation problem. The most common way people completely screw up thermostat installation is all about location, location, location.

Not Too Hot, Not Too Cold

Here are some thing you should keep in mind when you’re installing any programmable thermostat:

  • Do NOT install a thermostat on an exterior wall. If that wall is poorly insulated, your thermostat is going to think it’s either too hot or too cold. You’ll waste energy in summer and winter. Which is bad.
  • Do NOT install a thermostat where there is a steady draft. You don’t want your thermostat directly above or below a vent, since that is going to affect how it perceives interior temperature. Again, this is a recipe for wasting money.
  • Do NOT install a thermostat in direct sunlight. Ideally, you don’t want your thermostat exposed to sunlight at all. This isn’t always possible, so minimize exposure as much as possible.
  • Do NOT install a thermostat behind an obstruction like a door or bookshelf. Even though that spot might meet other thermostat installation guidelines, you’ll come to hate the inconvenience when you want to change the temp.
  • If you’re installing a smart thermostat, make sure it is in range of your home Wi-Fi network. There’s not much point in paying for smart tech if you can’t use it.

You Can Do It

Yes, it’s possible to screw up thermostat installation. However, if you follow the aforementioned guidelines, you should be just fine.

Nest Eggs and Thermostats

Let me tell you about thermostats. Yes, I know, a thermostat isn’t exactly the most exciting home feature, but it’s a lot more important to home energy efficiency than you may realize. A modern programmable thermostat could save the average homeowner about 20% or more every year on their utility bill. Most people don’t save this money.

Why?

The answer is pretty easy. Most modern programmable thermostats are not very user-friendly. The average homeowner doesn’t realize how much they could be saving, so they never take the time to figure out their complicated thermostat controls. Which brings me to the Nest thermostat.

Nest is amazing. The Nest thermostat has all the capability of a programmable thermostat, but is built with user-friendliness in mind. All you have to do with a Nest thermostat is use it like you do your regular thermostat. Over time, the Nest thermostat learns your habits, and programs itself to improve household energy efficiency.

This is the MrCool blog, so you might be wondering what our ductless mini-split systems have to do with the Nest thermostat. Nest isn’t just a thermostat developer, they’re interested in making our homes smarter and more energy efficient through partnerships with other companies which is why they have the Nest Developer Program. The program is designed to promote interactivity between all the systems in a modern home regardless of manufacturer, and we’re proud to say that we’re a part of this ‘cool’ initiative.

So, what’s coming up between MrCool and Nest? There are a lot of ideas on the drawing board, and, let me just say, the future is going to be a very smart place.

Unless aliens invade. No guarantees if that happens.