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

During Christmas in Ohio, there’s a magical and wondrous atmosphere with snowflakes falling outside and cozy holiday gatherings inside. Seasonal decorations add to the whimsical feeling of the season. However, it’s important not to overlook safety measures for your HVAC system. With many items and decorations around, we can easily forget to be mindful of their placement and how it may affect the functionality of our HVAC system. That’s why Lewis Center-Powell Heating & Air wants to remind you that by taking simple precautions, you can ensure a safe and cozy holiday season for you and your loved ones. 

1. Be Conscious of Flammable Items 

When decorating for Christmas, it’s important to remember that some items can catch fire easily. So, please take extra precautions to ensure that things like paper decorations, wrapped packages, and blankets are not placed near heat sources such as fireplaces or candles. It’s common to use these elements during this time of the year, so just make sure nothing flammable is in close proximity to them that could pose a fire hazard. Additionally, if you use these heating elements, remember to extinguish them properly before leaving the house or going to bed. 

2. Be Conscious of the Thermostat    

When decorating for the holidays, be careful not to block your thermostat. Placing objects on top of or around it can cause inaccurate temperature readings and miscommunication with the furnace, affecting the heat distribution in your home. It’s always best to keep the area in front of and near your thermostat clear of any additional objects. 

3. Be Conscious of the HVAC Vents 

Another thing to be mindful of is your HVAC vents. Sometimes, temporary items like the Christmas tree, for instance, are placed in certain spots just for the season. However, remember that even though it’s temporary, it’s crucial to ensure your vents stay unobstructed. Blocked vents can disrupt airflow and cause HVAC problems, which is something you definitely want to avoid. 

4. Be Conscious of the Outdoor Unit (The Condenser) 

During winter, even though your condenser (outdoor unit) is not in use and is designed to withstand harsh weather, it’s important to take precautions. Regularly check that the area around the condenser is free of loose debris like leaves, twigs, and other outdoor items. This is crucial because snow and ice, combined with loose debris, can cause damage to the unit. Another tip is to use a condenser cover for added protection of your outdoor unit. 

During the holiday season, remember to pay attention to your HVAC system alongside the festivities. Following these simple precautions will help ensure a cozy and safe Christmas with your loved ones. And if you do experience any HVAC issues, you can rely on Lewis Center-Powell Heating & Air for emergency services. We’re available 24/7, 365 days a year! 

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