Christmas in Ohio is a truly magical time, filled with wonder and joy. Outside, snowflakes gently fall, while inside, the warmth of holiday gatherings brings loved ones together. Everywhere you look, seasonal decorations add to the whimsical feeling of the holiday season. But in the midst of all the festivities, it’s important not to overlook the safety of your HVAC system. With so many seasonal items and decorations around, it’s easy to forget to be mindful of where they’re placed and how they might affect the functionality of your HVAC system.
That’s why Five Star Heating & Cooling Group is here to remind you that with a few simple precautions, you can ensure a cozy and safe holiday season for you and your loved ones. So, let’s celebrate the season while keeping our homes comfortable and secure!
1. FLAMMABLE OBJECTS
When decorating for Christmas, it’s super important to remember that some items can be flammable. So, please take some extra care to ensure that things like paper decorations, wrapped packages, and blankets are kept away from heat sources like fireplaces or candles. We all love using these elements during this time of year, so just make sure nothing is close to them that could create a fire hazard. Also, if you’re using these heating elements, please remember to properly extinguish them before leaving the house or going to bed.
2. YOUR THERMOSTAT
As you “deck the halls” with festive decorations, just a friendly reminder to be mindful of where you place them. It’s best to avoid covering or obstructing your thermostat. When there’s something on top, around, or in front of the thermostat, it might not accurately read the temperature in your home. This can cause miscommunication with the furnace and affect how much heat is distributed throughout your house. So, it’s a good idea to refrain from placing any extra objects in front of or near your thermostat.
3. THE HVAC VENTS
Another thing to keep in mind is your HVAC vents. Sometimes, placing bulky items like the Christmas tree in temporary spots just for the season may seem like a good idea. However, it’s still important to make sure your vents stay unobstructed. Just because “it’s temporary” doesn’t mean you should place it in a space that will be blocking a vent. Blocked vents can mess with the airflow and cause HVAC problems, and trust us, that’s the last thing you want to deal with during the holidays!
4. YOUR CONDENSER
While your condenser (outdoor unit) is designed to handle tough weather conditions and isn’t in use right now, it’s still a good idea to take a few precautions during winter. Periodically check that the area around your condenser is clear of any loose debris like leaves, twigs, or other outdoor items. This is because snow and ice buildup and loose debris can potentially damage the unit. As an added tip, consider using a condenser cover to protect your outdoor unit.
This holiday season, make sure to remember your HVAC system amidst all the festivities! By following these simple precautions listed here, you can have a cozy and safe Christmas with your loved ones. And if you happen to encounter any HVAC issues, don’t worry! Five Star Heating & Cooling Group is here to help. Feel free to reach out to us anytime for emergency services – we’re available 24/7, 365 days a year!
Call Five Star Heating & Cooling Group today at (614) 490-7550, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!