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

During the holiday season, Christmas in Ohio offers a truly magical experience. With snow, shopping, baking, festive gatherings with loved ones, and putting up decorations, there are countless activities to enjoy. However, it’s important to remember that seasonal decorations should be strategically placed to avoid any interference with your HVAC system. At Bexley Heating & Cooling, we want to remind you that even though the excitement can be joyful, it’s crucial to ensure that your HVAC system can perform its job effectively and safely. So, don’t let holiday decorations jeopardize the functionality of your HVAC system or even create hazardous situations for it. Trust us to provide professional guidance and keep your home comfortable throughout the holiday season. 

1. Keep Flammable Items Away 

It’s important to be aware of potential fire hazards that can easily go unnoticed amidst the festive decorations. While we can all get caught up in creating a beautiful ambiance, it’s crucial to exercise caution when it comes to flammable items such as paper decorations, wrapped packages, blankets, and other combustible objects. These should be kept at a safe distance from heating elements like fireplaces and candles. Additionally, if you choose to use these elements, it’s vital to ensure they are properly extinguished before leaving your home or going to bed.  

2. Keep Your Thermostat Uncovered 

You should exercise caution when placing garlands or any decorations near the thermostat. Blocking the thermostat can interfere with its ability to accurately measure the temperature in your home. Consequently, this can disrupt the communication between the thermostat and your furnace, leading to inadequate heating in your home.  

3. Keep the Vents Clear   

Another thing you should pay attention to is the HVAC vents. Especially during this season, when additional items and decorations may be filling your home, it is crucial to ensure that nothing is obstructing the vents. Even though the decorations are temporary, remain vigilant and ensure that the vents are not blocked. Just like the thermostat, when the HVAC vents are blocked, they cannot perform their intended job. So, keep the vents unobstructed to avoid the inconvenience of furnace issues during the holidays. 

4. Keep Your Condenser Uncluttered 

Ensuring the optimal functioning of your HVAC system requires attention to detail, even when it comes to the condenser unit. While the condenser is designed to withstand outdoor conditions and remains inactive during winter, it is advisable to regularly inspect and maintain it. You want to prevent any accumulation of loose debris, such as twigs, leaves, or other objects in the area surrounding the condenser. This is because blockages caused by snow, ice, or debris can lead to unnecessary damage. For an extra layer of protection, consider using a condenser cover during winter. By keeping the area around the condenser clean and clear, you can maintain the efficiency and longevity of your outdoor unit. 

Ensuring a smooth Christmas for your HVAC system is essential. By staying mindful and vigilant, you can enjoy the holiday season with your loved ones, free from the unnecessary stress of dealing with potential HVAC issues. Trust us to provide professional expertise and confidence in handling any potential HVAC catastrophes. Our emergency services are available round the clock, every day of the year. Rest assured, you can reach out to us anytime, and we will promptly respond. Regardless of the time of year, we are here to assist you.

Call Bexley Heating & Cooling today at (614) 924-7856, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here