December marks the beginning of the holiday season (unless you count Thanksgiving), and this time of year is when most family gatherings occur. If you plan on having people over to celebrate this joyous season together, then it only make sense to prepare your home accordingly.

But how exactly should you do that? There might be more to getting the house ready for the holidays than you think, but that’s why we’re here to help. Here at Acree Plumbing, Air & Electric, we always hope our neighbors have the best and most relaxing holidays possible. To help you get there, we’ve put together a list of ways to prepare your home for the upcoming holidays!

Set the Temperature Lower

If you plan on having a decent number of people over to celebrate the holidays with you and your family, then it’s a good idea to adjust the thermostat. Set it a bit lower than you might expect to. Although it’s winter time, when it’s usually a bit colder than other parts of the year, your home will warm up naturally when people come over.

All that body heat will raise the temperature without the help of the thermostat. If you’ve already set the temperature higher, then it’ll only get even hotter once the crowd arrives and gets going. This is a good way to keep the balance.

Check Your Alarms

If there’s one thing you can count on this holiday season, it’s that there will be plenty of memories, and plenty of food. All that cooking creates a lot of smoke in the kitchen, which is why it’s so important to make sure your smoke alarms are installed properly and have full battery life.

The only thing that can throw a wrench into the fun times is when something goes awry, like a turkey left in the oven too long or another grease-related kitchen accident. Catch it before the problem becomes too dangerous — double-check your alarms before the festivities get underway.

Schedule an Inspection

Ultimately, the best way to make sure your home is ready for the holidays is by letting a professional perform a thorough inspection. They’ll take a long, hard look at your home’s air quality, furnace performance and air circulation to make sure it can handle an influx of guests.

There’s only so much you can do at home through DIY jobs before you reach a point where only a trained expert can help out. It’s better to let them roll up the sleeves and identify certain problems so you can fix them before the crowds arrive.

Acree Plumbing, Air & Electric’s experienced technicians can do just that. All of our team members are fully equipped to work with you and your home to find what needs fixing for the holidays, and they’ll do it in a professional and courteous manner.

Whether you need a total inspection or just need a few pointers to help optimize the furnace to handle your cranky cousins, we’ve got the expertise to help!

Give us a call at (813) 524-6313 to speak with someone from our team today!