Homeowner Tips for November

Homeowner Tips for November

It’s Time to Get Your Home Ready for the Thanksgiving Holiday

If you are hosting this year’s Thanksgiving dinner for your extended family and friends, check out the list below provided by Weller Home Inspections in the Katy, Texas area. We want to help you be as prepared as possible for the upcoming holidays.

Balancing Act
To ensure that you and your guests are comfortable during Thanksgiving dinner, it’s important that you balance your heating system to increase airflow. It’s a good idea to close all the vents in rooms that you don’t use very often. Also check for drafts. In some cases, a room might be too cold because heat is leaking out. Check the windows and exterior doors in colder rooms for drafts.
Clean Those Fans
If you haven’t checked out your ceiling fans lately, they are probably full of dust. You can use a feather duster, broom, extendable Swiffer duster, or some experts suggest the following: mix vinegar and water in a spray bottle and spray the inside of an old pillowcase. Then slip each blade into the pillowcase and wipe clean. Please be careful when using a ladder or stool to clean your fans.
Keeping It Safe For Kids
If you aren’t used to having small kids run around your home, you probably need to do some childproofing before your younger guests arrive for the holidays. For example: Try to stay away from using table cloths because children tend to yank them down. Keep candles out of reach of children. And, be extra cautious when cooking, entertaining, and carrying hot foods or liquids from one room to another.

Gobble Up These Energy Saving Tips

Check out these awesome energy saving tips from The Edison Electric Institute:

• Allow hot foods and liquids to cool before putting them in the refrigerator.

• Use the microwave instead of your regular oven whenever possible. Microwave ovens draw less than half the power of your regular oven, and they cook for a much shorter period of time.

• Cook as much of your meal as possible at one time. Foods with different cooking temperatures can often be cooked simultaneously at one temperature—variations of 25º F in either direction still produce good results and save energy.

• Finally, when all of the cooking is done, don’t use your oven’s self-cleaning cycle unless a major cleaning job is needed. When you do use the oven’s self-cleaning feature, start the cycle right after cooking, while the oven is still hot, or wait until late evening hours when use of electricity is lowest.

For more information or to schedule a home inspection, contact Weller Home Inspections today.