There is nothing as distressing as having your heating turn off when you have guests in the middle of winter. You also do not want your guests shivering because it's too cold or sweating because it's too warm. Uncomfortable temperatures will dampen your party and hinder your guests from enjoying themselves as they should. What measures can you take to keep your home warm and your guests comfortable without running high energy bills?

Programmable Thermostat

When winter comes knocking, the first thing you are tempted to do is to turn up your thermostat. That may not be the right thing to do as you are likely to increase temperatures more than is necessary.

Keep temperatures cooler at night and warmer during the day to save energy. A temperature of 68-72 degrees is comfortable when there are guests in the house. At night, lower temperatures by about 10 degrees. To be able to control temperatures, you'll need to install a programmable thermostat, if you don't already have one.

You can also program your thermostat to lower temperatures before bedtime and increase temperatures before waking up.

Thermostatic Radiator Valves

It may not be economical to keep the heat on in every room of the house, even when not in use. Also, some rooms will need more or less heating than others. The kitchen, for example, will need less heating than other rooms.

Set different temperatures in different rooms depending on where your guests are. To do this, you'll need to install thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs) in these rooms. Ask your HVAC repair technician for advice and installation.

Heating Repair and Maintenance

Keeping a regular residential HVAC maintenance schedule will ensure that your heating is working efficiently and will reduce energy bills. It will also save you repair bills in the long run. Your equipment will also last longer. Your annual maintenance should ideally be done before the heating season.


Keeping your home well-insulated will ensure your guests stay warm without running high energy bills. Pay special attention to the attic.

Dress Warm

If you have guests in a room without a thermostat, use a small electric heater and extra blankets. Encourage your guests to keep warm by layering in case the temperature is still not suitable. This is because it is near impossible to please everybody.

Keeping your guests comfortable during the holidays begins with having your heater running efficiently. Secondly, you need to regulate temperatures according to need.

Ensure you have a heating repair and maintenance schedule as well as a programmable thermostat.