The Best Indoor Temperature for Your Home This Christmas

There’s nothing like a fresh Christmas tree. They smell good and have a natural feel to them that the artificial models can’t compete with. However, they can be a challenge to maintain as far as good looks and freshness throughout the holiday season.

Maintaining the right indoor temperature can help keep your tree looking good for weeks, as can these other tips.

Tips for Maintaining Your Christmas Tree

1. Choose the right tree. You’ll have a better chance of maintaining a good-looking Christmas tree if you choose a fresh one to start with. Make sure the needles are green and plump, with a springiness to them. Avoid buying a tree with dry, brittle leaves that may already be showing a tendency to shed. This means the tree has been allowed to dry out.

2. Water your tree sufficiently. Your Christmas tree will drink, drink, drink, and drink some more — more than a quart of water daily. Cut the base of the tree 1 inch above the original cut before you put it in the stand so that the pores in the bark open up (the original cut may be filled with sap so that the tree can’t take in water sufficiently). Don’t use chemicals to extend the life of the tree; rather, give it plenty of cold water. Invest in a good tree stand (one that holds at least a gallon of water) and keep it filled. If you allow your tree to dry out and it starts dropping needles, it may be a fire hazard and should be disposed of. Do not turn on lights strung on a tree that has dried out.

3. Keep your tree away from sources of heat. That includes woodstoves, fireplaces, space heaters, direct sunlight, and heating vents. Set your thermostat to as low a temperature as you can bear.

4. Recycle your live tree. Your tree can serve as cover to birds in the backyard, or it might be recycled by your city as mulch.

To learn more about the right indoor temperature for all your plants, contact NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating.

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