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

During the holiday season, Christmas in Ohio is a truly magical time. With snowfall, shopping, baking, and parties with loved ones, there are countless festive activities to enjoy. However, it’s important not to overlook the strategic placement of seasonal decorations in and around your home, especially when it comes to your HVAC system. At Centerville Heating & Cooling, we want to emphasize the significance of considering your HVAC system amidst the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Surprisingly, holiday decorations can sometimes hinder the proper functioning of your HVAC system or even pose safety risks. Rest assured, our team is here to provide you with the necessary guidance and ensure a hazard-free and comfortable holiday season.   

1. Be Mindful of Items That Are Flammable   

When decorating for Christmas, it’s important not to overlook the potential fire hazards. Despite the enchanting ambiance, we must remain vigilant. You should take caution with flammable items such as paper decorations, wrapped packages, blankets, and other combustible objects. Make sure they are kept at a safe distance from heating elements like fireplaces and candles. Additionally, if you do utilize these elements, be extra diligent in extinguishing them properly before leaving your home or retiring for the night. Your safety is of utmost importance. 

2. Be Careful of Covering Your Thermostat   

Placing garlands and Christmas lights around the house can be enjoyable, but it is crucial to avoid obstructing the thermostat. An obstructed thermostat may impact its ability to accurately measure the temperature in your home. This, in turn, can lead to inadequate communication with your furnace, resulting in incorrect heat output. Therefore, we highly recommend not to place any decorations, on top of, in front of, or on the thermostat. 

3. Be Sure to Keep the Vents Clear   

Another crucial aspect of your HVAC system that requires attention is the proper maintenance of your vents. As you adorn your home with additional items and decorations during this season, it is vital to confirm that your vents also remain unobstructed. While it may be tempting to think that it’s only for a short period, preventing blockages on or in front of your vents is imperative. Just like the thermostat, blocked vents can hinder the optimal functioning of your HVAC system. So, if you currently have anything blocking your vents, please address any potential issues promptly. 

4. Be Conscious of Your Condenser   

Don’t forget to give due attention to your condenser, which is the outdoor unit of your system. Despite its resilience to withstand outdoor conditions and its non-use during winter, it is prudent to verify that the condenser is not surrounded by loose debris such as twigs, leaves, or other objects. Accumulation of snow, ice, and debris can lead to blockages and potential damage. Hence, it is advisable to maintain a clean and unobstructed space around the condenser. For added protection, consider using a condenser cover during the winter season. 

To ensure the optimal functioning of your HVAC system during the Christmas season, it is crucial to practice mindfulness and remain vigilant. Our aim is for you to fully enjoy this special time with your loved ones, free from the burdensome worries of potential HVAC issues.  Our emergency services are available round the clock, every day of the year. Rest assured, you can reach out to us at any time and as soon as we can. Regardless of the season, we are always here to assist you!

Call Centerville Heating & Cooling today at (937) 353-1169, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!