Keeping Your Home Comfortable and Cool For The Holiday

Posted on: December 20, 2017

Holidays are usually filled with great feasts shared with family and friends. The extra bodies and meal prep can really mess with your indoor temp. Beyond that it’s quiet easy to waste some energy too. So to have a efficient and comfortable holiday, follow these tips below!

Your Oven

During the holidays, your oven gets a real workout. From the turkey to the green bean casserole, you want to ensure that your oven is operating properly. Sometimes, the oven temperature may be higher or lower than what is indicated. The best way to check the actual temperature is to use an oven temperature gauge.Opening the oven door can lower the temperature by as much as 25 degrees. Where possible, use the oven light to inspect the goodies. Only open the oven door when you have to handle the contents. Wherever possible, cook several items at the same time. Just make sure you leave enough room for the heat to circulate around each item.


Your refrigerator and freezer get a real workout over the holidays. It’s important to conserve energy, since your refrigerator can account for up to 15% of your energy usage. full freezer is more efficient than a partially full one. Try to avoid holding open the doors. Know what you want before you open the door instead of surveying the contents trying to make a decision


When it comes to your dishwasher, load it up! It is most efficient in washing full loads, so accumulate dishes over several meals rather than washing small loads frequently. If your unit features an air dry setting, and you are not in a hurry to reuse the contents, you can save in energy costs.


The last thing you want to do is make everyone uncomfortable and sweaty, so pay attention to the temp and humidity. Keep the house a bit cooler before guest arrive, though it might feel chilly, the extra cooking and body heat will make up for it. Make sure all your filters on your system have been cleaned, and use a dehumidifier or humidifier if needed. A good humidity level is key to comfort.


With just a bit of attention, you can get through the great holiday season without increasing your energy bills. If you have any electrical issues that may cause you holiday headaches – faulty outlets, wiring issues, etc., we invite you to call the electrical professionals at Midway Services and get those issues resolved before the holiday set in.



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