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

Christmas in Ohio is a magical time of the year! There is snow on the ground, Christmas shopping, holiday baking, parties with friends and family, and putting up decorations. However, it’s important to remember that seasonal decorations should be placed strategically around your home. Your Canal Winchester Heating & Cooling team is here to remind you not to overlook your HVAC system amidst the holiday hustle and bustle. Sometimes, holiday decorations can interfere with your HVAC system’s performance or even pose a safety risk. 

1. Be Mindful of Items That Are Flammable   

During Christmas decorating, it’s easy to forget about safety in terms of flammable items. We can all get caught up in making a beautiful ambiance for our homes. However, it’s crucial to be mindful of objects like paper decorations, wrapped packages, blankets, and other flammable materials. Keep them away from fireplaces and candles. Additionally, if you do use these elements, remember to extinguish them properly before leaving the house or going to bed.   

2. Be Careful of Covering Your Thermostat   

It’s important to be mindful of not obstructing the thermostat. When the thermostat is covered, it may not accurately read the temperature in your home, leading to improper communication with the furnace and potentially incorrect heating. Trust us; the last thing you want is to deal with a malfunctioning furnace when you are supposed to be spending quality time with your loved ones. 

3. Be Sure to Keep the Vents Clear   

Another important aspect of your HVAC system to consider is the vents. With additional items and decorations filling your home during this season, it’s crucial to confirm that your vents are not obstructed. Even though you may think it’s only for a month, it’s still essential to remain vigilant and keep your vents clear. Blocked vents can hinder the proper functioning of your HVAC system. 

4. Be Conscious of Your Condenser   

Lastly, make sure to pay attention to your condenser (the outdoor unit). Although they are built to withstand outdoor weather and are not used in the winter, it’s still important to ensure that the condenser is not surrounded by loose debris like twigs, leaves, or other outdoor objects. Snow and ice combined with loose debris or outdoor clutter can cause blockages and damage to your unit. Therefore, it’s best to keep the area around the condenser clean and clear. Additionally, for extra protection, consider using a condenser cover during the winter. 

To ensure a hassle-free Christmas with your loved ones, prioritize your HVAC system by being mindful and staying vigilant. Don’t let an HVAC catastrophe disrupt your Christmas celebrations. Our emergency services are available round the clock, every day of the year. Feel free to reach out to us anytime, and we’ll respond as soon as possible!

Call Canal Winchester Heating & Cooling today at (614) 524-4737, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!