HVAC, Condenser, Flammable, Outdoor Unit, Precautions, Safety, Thermostat, Vents, Winter

Christmas in Ohio is a magical time of the year! With snow, shopping, baking, and parties with friends and family, there are plenty of holiday activities to enjoy. Of course, seasonal decorations are a big part of the fun, too! However, don’t forget about your HVAC system in the midst of the hustle and bustle. Sometimes, holiday decorations can interfere with your HVAC system’s performance or even create a hazardous situation. Stay safe and keep your HVAC system running smoothly with these tips from your Circleville Heating & Cooling experts this holiday season! 

1. Be Mindful of Items That Are Flammable   

During Christmas decorating, it’s easy to overlook flammable items. We can get caught up in the beautiful atmosphere, but it’s important to be aware of potential fire hazards. So, it’s important to keep things like paper decorations, wrapped packages, blankets, and other flammable objects away from fireplaces and candles. And if you use these elements, make sure to extinguish them properly before leaving home or going to bed. Stay safe! 

2. Be Careful of Covering Your Thermostat   

It’s equally essential to be mindful of where you place decorations like garlands and Christmas lights. You should most definitely avoid covering the thermostat as it may affect its ability to accurately read the temperature in your home. This can lead to improper communication with your furnace, resulting in inadequate heating for your home. 

3. Be Sure to Keep the Vents Clear   

Let’s talk about your HVAC vents next. With additional items and decorations in your home during this season, you should confirm that nothing is blocking your vents. Even though you may think it’s only for a month, it’s important to stay vigilant and keep your vents unobstructed. Just like the thermostat, blocked vents can prevent your HVAC system from functioning properly, and the last thing you want is for your furnace to encounter issues during the holidays. 

4. Be Conscious of Your Condenser   

Finally, don’t forget to pay attention to your condenser (the outdoor unit). Although it’s designed to withstand outdoor weather and isn’t used in the wintertime, it’s still important to ensure it’s free from loose debris like twigs, leaves, and other objects. Snow, ice, and debris can accumulate and cause blockages and damage to the unit. So, always keep the area around the condenser clean. For added protection, consider using a condenser cover in winter. 

To ensure your HVAC system remains in good condition this Christmas season, it’s important to be mindful and stay vigilant. Our goal is for you to enjoy the holiday with your loved ones, free from the unnecessary stress of dealing with HVAC issues. Our emergency services are available 24/7, 365 days a year. You can reach out to us anytime, as soon as we are able. No matter the time of year, we’re here to help!

Call Circleville Heating & Cooling today at (740) 218-5323, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here