Dec 1, 2023 | HVAC, Condenser, Flammable, Outdoor Unit, Precautions, Safety, Thermostat, vents, Winter

During the Christmas season in Ohio, a sense of magic and wonder fills the air. Snowflakes gently fall outside, while the warmth of holiday gatherings brings joy inside. Everywhere you look, seasonal decorations add to the whimsical atmosphere. However, amidst all the festivities, it’s important not to overlook the safety of your HVAC system. With numerous items and decorations placed throughout the home, it’s crucial to be mindful of how they may affect the functionality of your HVAC system. At Hilliard-Dublin Heating & Air, we are here to remind you that by taking simple precautions, you can ensure a cozy and safe holiday season for you and your loved ones. Trust in our expertise and enjoy the festivities with peace of mind. 

1. Flammable Decorations  

When decorating for Christmas, it is imperative to bear in mind that certain items are flammable. Therefore, you should exercise extra caution and ensure that objects like paper decorations, wrapped packages, and blankets are kept at a safe distance from heat sources such as fireplaces or candles. Given the common usage of these elements during this time of the year, nothing should be placed in close proximity to them, as this may pose a fire hazard. Additionally, when utilizing these heating elements, it is of utmost importance to properly extinguish them before leaving the premises or retiring for the night. 

2. The Thermostat  

When decorating your home for the holidays, it’s important to consider the placement of your decorations around your thermostat as well. You should avoid covering or obstructing the thermostat, as this can lead to inaccurate temperature readings. When this happens, it causes miscommunication with your furnace, resulting in uneven heat distribution throughout your house. So, to ensure optimal functionality, it’s best to refrain from placing any objects in front of or near your thermostat. 

3. The Vents 

Another thing that you want to be mindful of is your HVAC vents, even when temporarily placing bulky items like the Christmas tree out for the holiday season. Ensuring that your vents remain unobstructed, even on a temporary basis, is essential. Blocked vents can negatively impact airflow and result in HVAC problems, which should be avoided at all costs. 

4. The Condenser  

To ensure the longevity of your condenser (outdoor unit) even during inactive periods, it is prudent to take certain precautions during winter. Ice and snowfall can accumulate on the unit, and when coupled with loose debris, such as leaves, twigs, or even outdoor items, it can cause damage to the unit.  Additionally, consider utilizing a condenser cover as an added measure of protection for your outdoor unit. 

During the holiday season, it is important to remember the significance of your HVAC system amidst the festivities. By following these simple precautions outlined below, you can ensure a comfortable and secure Christmas celebration with your loved ones. In the event that you encounter any HVAC issues, rest assured that Hilliard-Dublin Heating & Air is here to provide emergency assistance 24/7, 365 days a year! 

You can reach Hilliard-Dublin Heating & Air at (614) 490-7520 or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here