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Holiday Guest Tips: 5 Easy Ways to Make Guests Feel Comfortable

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airprof_2“Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.” –Washington Irving

Being a good host is hard. But being a guest can be harder. You know where everything is in your home. They don’t. You have control over how things are arranged. They don’t. You (maybe) know how the remote control works. They don’t.

They’re out of their environment, so visiting your home can be uncomfortable. But it doesn’t have to be.

Use these 5 helpful tips to help your holiday guests feel comfortable in your home. 

Make them master over the thermostat

Everyone likes to sleep at different temperatures. So some guests may be too nice to say that they’re too hot or too cold.

So when your guests first arrive let them know they can tick the temperature setting up or down a few degrees. Show them how since every thermostat is different—especially if you have a programmable thermostat.

If you have a two-story home and want to keep everybody happy with the temperature setting, look into zoning. You can control the comfort of each “zone” (area of a home) individually without interfering with other zones.

Refresh your guestrooms

Ever been in a nice hotel room? Everything is clean, undisturbed and pristine. It’s refreshing. Have a hotel mindset. Refresh your guestrooms so it looks like no one has even used the room before.

To do that, use this quick to-do list:

  • Put freshly cleaned sheets and pillowcases on the guests’ beds
  • Hang extra hangers in the closets
  • Declutter the guestroom to leave space for suitcases and other belongings

Stock extra toiletries they may forget

It’s easy to forget to bring toiletries on a trip when you’re in a rush. Be a considerate host and keep extras of these toiletries in your bathroom:

  • Towels
  • Bath clothes
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Shampoo

Bring out the good stuff, too. No one wants a crinkly hard towel or old shampoo that’s been hibernating in a closet for years.

Prevent a chillingly cold shower

Showers make a soothing escape from the cold winter air. Well, at least until you run out of hot water.

Make sure your guests have enough hot water by:

  • Letting them go first – If everyone wakes up around the same time, let your guests have dibs on the first set of showers.
  • Flushing the water heater – Sediment builds up in your water heater over time, displacing space for water. So more sediment=less hot water the heater’s tank can hold at once. You or a professional should flush the water heater once a year. Now is a good time as any.

Keep them warm and cozy

Coffee, hot chocolate, blankets—keep these at arms length for your guests. They’ll keep them warm and make the holidays truly feel like the holidays.

Also, keep your furnace or heat pump in working order. When’s the last time you changed the air filter? A dirty filter blocks airflow, preventing your heater from heating your home as quickly as it should.

Have any heating problems in your New Jersey home, like not enough air coming out of the vents? Contact us online or call (908) 284-2422.

Air Professionals is a whole-home comfort company serving New Jersey homeowners. Contact us for more information on how we can help improve your home’s comfort.