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I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving spent feasting on delicious food and enjoying time with loved ones. Now that we’ve ushered in December, amidst the hanging of twinkling lights, sending cards and decorating the tree, we embrace the hopeful spirit of the Christmas season and all that it brings.

A recent holiday tradition for my family has been to visit a national treasure right here in our own backyard-Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. This sprawling 1900s estate is the nation’s 6th largest Historic Home open to the public. During the holiday season, the mansion is decorated with various Christmas themes and features a light show that is sure to make for a great evening with the family. Share some of your favorite holiday traditions with us on our Facebook page; we’d love to hear from you!

In all the busyness of the season, there are several “housekeeping” items that you won’t want to forget as they will help keep your house warm this winter:

  • Don’t forget to change your furnace filter
    In addition to keeping your furnace running well, having your furnace cleaned can help keep your family in better health. A dirty furnace can aggravate allergies especially for those that are allergic to dust mites and mold.
  • If you have a humidifier, check your humidifier pad
    Humidifier pads should be changed annually, so be sure to make sure this has been done prior to the dry winter season when your humidifier will be working hard to keep your home comfortable. Whole house humidifiers can help prevent cracked lips, nosebleeds, itchy dry skin and even nose and throat viruses. Don’t have a humidifier? Learn more today!
  • Make sure you’ve had your furnace tuned up
    In order to be ready for the cold weather, be sure to have your furnace tuned up. Click here to take advantage of our tune-up special.
  • Balance more air to the lower level of your home
    You can increase airflow to the lower floor of your home using the balancing dampers that are present in most homes. These dampers can be found in the round pipes located in your basement. When the metal tab is parallel to the pipe there is greater airflow and as you move the tab perpendicular to the pipe airflow is cut down. If your home doesn’t have these dampers than you can try opening and closing the registers by adjusting the small tab on your floor register.

Additionally, should you experience an issue with your furnace this December, you may want to check to see if there’s a simple fix before giving us a call by following the few basic steps in this video:

We have much to rejoice in this season, not the least of which is the joy we get from having the pleasure of meeting your family’s home comfort needs. From all of us at Jennings to all of you and yours, have a blessed and Merry Christmas!

-Mike Foraker, President, Jennings Heating Company
“For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the Angel a multitude of heavenly host praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth, good will toward men.” –Luke 2:11-14