The turkey is in the oven. The pies are cooling. The sweet potatoes are on deck. It’s Thanksgiving Day and your oven has been working non-stop since 7:00 am. You are probably burning up. It doesn’t have to be this way! Here are a few tips to keep your home at the perfect temperature all day long.
Pre-cool your home
Temperatures can rise significantly with the oven running all day, and with an influx of people in the house. Prepare to mitigate this by setting the temperature a few degrees lower than you want it to be. Do this ahead of time, a couple of hours before you start cooking. Depending on the temperature outside and the temperature you want, don’t be afraid to switch to AC.
Take advantage of the weather
If it is a brisk fall day, use that outside air to your advantage. Keep your heater turned down low and crack a few windows. This will help regulate the temperature in the house. Just don’t open the windows and have the heater on as this will make your system work too hard and wastes energy.
Turn on the exhaust fan
The exhaust fan above the stove is a great resource for alleviating moisture in the kitchen, as well as keeping the air circulating. This will help control the humidity in the air and make everyone feel more comfortable.
Cook like a pro
While you’ve got your giblets boiling and your tea steeping, keep the lids on those pots. Keeping your pots covered will prevent some of that heat from escaping into the room. Also, try using glass and ceramic cookware. These types of pans require a lower temperature, even up to 25 degrees lower. This will help keep your oven at a lower temp.
Turn on Ceiling Fans
Yet another way to get air circulating is the use of ceiling fans. Turn these on while you’re cooking to help keep it from getting too hot. Leave the fans on when your guests arrive to keep the air from getting stuffy.
Get a system Tune up.
Before the table has been set and the turkey has been carved, get your system checked out to make sure it will be on its best behavior on Thanksgiving Day, even if Uncle Fred isn’t. The NATE-certified technicians at Clockwork Heating and Air will go over your entire system to find any lurking issues. We’ll clean off internal components to improve energy transfer and perform adjustments that will lead to optimum functionality. Any moving parts will be inspected, and we’ll make sure all the safety systems are functional.