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!