Fall get-togethers are typically held when temperatures are cooler, so homeowners often plan parties on the patio. But if it's too warm, too cool, or too rainy, your party will likely be held indoors. Here are some HVAC considerations to take note of:
JUST THE RIGHT TEMPERATURE
A large gathering of people can create stuffy conditions: people give off heat and humidity, and that can warm the air. Turning on the air conditioner, whenever it's warm enough to do so, will keep the air fresher, removing humidity and cooling people off so they can enjoy themselves better. If your normal room temperature is kept in the mid-70s, you might want to consider setting the thermostat just a few degrees lower to ensure everyone stays cool. Turn on the ceiling fans to help circulate air.
If it's a chilly day, turn on the heat if need be, but use it sparingly. Heating can drive up the temperature really fast during a party, so that the room feels too stuffy and uncomfortable.
TIPS FOR MAXIMIZING COMFORT
Here are a few tips that will enhance your guests' comfort during the party:
1. You may have to cook a lot the day of the party; be mindful that this can add to humidity, which will make the home feel warmer. Keep the air conditioner running and the windows cracked to diminish humidity. Run your dehumidifier if you have one.
2. Don't wait till guests arrive to turn on the air conditioner. You probably want to cool off the home a few hours before people are scheduled to gather.
3. Schedule maintenance prior to the party. Make sure your HVAC system is running right prior to your big event. Nothing spoils a get-together like too-warm or too-cool temperatures; to ensure you don't have a breakdown, call your HVAC tech to give your system a once-over and fix any problems well ahead of the party.
For more on HVAC considerations during a party or for information on most HVAC topics, visit the Valley Heating, Cooling, Electrical website or call (408) 868-5500.
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