Is Santa Going to Adjust your Thermostat?
‘Tis the season for family gatherings and parties with friends and neighbors—and also the season for sneaking off to adjust the host’s thermostat!
According to a new survey* by Emerson, nearly 60% of respondents admitted to changing the temperature on someone else’s thermostat (or knowing someone who did) during the holidays.
Comfort during the holidays is such an issue that 50% of those surveyed said they are likely to leave a gathering early if the temperature is too hot or too cold.
Keep your home comfortable over the holidays with these tips:
- If you feel warm during your party—or see others start to get overheated, use the controls from your smart thermostat to discreetly change the temp from your phone app.
- Prior to the party, turn down your thermostat about 3-5 degrees. When your house fills up with people, they’ll be bringing the temperature back up to a comfortable level rather than overheating it.
- The heat from guests and food also increases humidity. If the weather outside is cold and dry, you may also want to consider opening a few windows slightly. This can help release some of the humidity, keep temperatures down and lets in the air fresh. Of course, if you do this, you should turn off the heat as long as the windows are open.
- The oven can really heat up your house. If possible, finish cooking before guests arrive. When you’re using the stove, make sure to turn on the exhaust fan. This can help remove the heat and humidity generated by cooking. It’s also helpful to wait until the party is over to run your dishwasher.
- Some types of overhead lighting put out a great deal of heat. You may want to use lamps or other light sources in those rooms and keep the overhead lights off. Or you may be able to switch out the lightbulbs in those fixtures for ones that generate less heat.
Keep your home comfortable this holiday season. Your friends, family and even Santa will appreciate your hospitality.
* Emerson commissioned Atomik Research to run an online survey of 2,004 adults in the United States in September 2019
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