Christmas in Melbourne: it’s a precious time of year marked by roast turkey, seafood, barbecues, pavlova, refreshing summer beverages, backyard cricket, swimming, presents, parties, and the love of friends and family.
And Christmas 2021 will be extra-special, given we’ve only recently emerged from the world’s longest lockdown of 250 days. It’s made many of us so grateful for what we have and those in our lives, providing an extra reason to celebrate with our family and friends.
But let’s not forget that Christmas hits at one of the hottest times of the year. And given that many of us are out of practice when it comes to juggling the pressures of hosting a family gathering (every family has its own walking controversy of an Uncle Norman, who has no verbal filter *sigh*), we have some tips to enable you to keep your home (and mindset) totally cool.
Plum’s home-cooling tips to see you conquer your Christmas entertaining like a pro
Here’s our expert advice for keeping your home, and the hot heads, cool this Christmas:
- On Christmas Day, there’s a few little tweaks and tips you can follow – and they start first thing in the morning, at about the time that the excited children are up ready to rip into their presents. This is the time you should turn on your air conditioner – giving it plenty of time to cool your home to a comfortable temperature without any strain being put on the unit. Then, as the dreaded afternoon starts to hit around midday, your home (and everyone in it) are comfortably cool.
- Keep your Christmas cooking to a minimum indoors, with the ambient temperature from your oven working against your aircon. Prep your food well and early in the day, when it’s cool. Then, you can take the bulk of the cooking outdoors by using the barbecue instead.
- Make sure your air conditioning thermostat is set at 23C.
- If your air conditioning system has zoning, make sure it is set to the living areas where you’ll be entertaining your guests – and not the bedrooms. You can switch to include private areas once they have left.
- Your windows and doors are a large – but often overlooked – source of unwanted heat into your home. Be sure to keep your doors and windows closed during the heat of the day (unless you are running an Evaporative system) and keep as many blinds and curtains drawn as possible to keep the sun out.
- Follow our comprehensive guide on how to get your Ducted Air Conditioner summer ready – and save money in the process
Plum Trade Services is still here for you over the Christmas break
The majority of our staff will be taking a well-earned break from December 25 to January 4. But don’t worry, Plum will still have a skeleton crew on hand during the break (excluding public holidays) to handle any queries you may have.
And for those looking ahead to the summer months with a bit of dread because money is tight and you need a new aircon, we have a potential solution for you, which you can explore in this breezy blog: https://www.plumheatcool.com.au/the-best-air-conditioning-system-on-a-budget-and-its-not-a-compromise-on-comfort/
We hope you enjoy the holidays and spending time with your family and friends. This is an excellent time to create memories and cherish your loved ones.
If you have any concerns about your air conditioning system, or anything to do with home Heating, Cooling, Electrical or Hot Water, please call (03) 8360 9622 in Melbourne, (03) 5292 2219 in Geelong, or if you prefer email, via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or, you can always pop into our showroom at Unit 4/ 22-30 Wallace Ave, Point Cook for a chat (which is open in the week between Christmas and new year).
Merry Christmas to you all and see you in the new year.