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

Christmas in Ohio can be a truly enchanting time of the year! With snow, shopping, baking, and parties with loved ones, there are countless holiday activities to enjoy. Seasonal decorations also play a significant role in adding to the festive spirit. However, it is important not to overlook the strategic placement of these decorations in and around your home. At Bridgetown Heating & Cooling, we want to emphasize the importance of considering your HVAC system amidst the hustle and bustle. Surprisingly, holiday decorations can sometimes interfere with the proper functioning of your HVAC system or even pose potential hazards. So, let us help ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday season for you and your family. 

1. Be Mindful of Objects That Are Flammable   

Flammable items can often be overlooked amidst the festive Christmas decorations as we get caught up in the enchanting ambiance. However, it is crucial to remain vigilant and mindful of potential fire hazards such as paper decorations, wrapped packages, blankets, and other combustible objects. As a precaution, make sure these items are kept away from heat sources such as fireplaces and candles. Additionally, if you utilize such elements, exercise extra caution to extinguish them properly before leaving your home or retiring for the night. 

2. Be Careful of Obstructing Your Thermostat   

It is important to exercise caution when decorating your home during the holiday season. While it may be tempting to place garlands and Christmas lights indiscriminately, it is crucial to ensure that the thermostat is not obstructed in the process. Obstructing the thermostat can adversely affect its ability to accurately read the temperature in your home. Consequently, it may fail to effectively communicate with your furnace, resulting in insufficient or excessive heating. Therefore, it is advisable to be mindful of the thermostat’s placement while decorating to maintain optimal functionality.  

3. Be Sure to Keep the Vents Clear   

Another crucial aspect to consider is the proper maintenance of your vents. As you decorate and add items to your home this season, it is important to ensure that there are no objects obstructing your vents. While you may think “It’s only temporary”, it is just as important to guarantee that your vents remain unblocked. Just like the thermostat, blocked HVAC vents can hinder their functionality, which is something you want to avoid, especially during the holiday season when furnace issues can be particularly inconvenient. 

4. Be Conscious of Your Condenser   

Lastly, it is important to pay attention to your condenser (the outdoor unit). Despite its ability to withstand outdoor weather and its inactivity during winter, it is still advisable to verify that the condenser is free from loose debris like twigs, leaves, as well as outdoor objects. The accumulation of snow, ice, and debris can cause blockages and damage to your unit. Therefore, it is always recommended to maintain cleanliness and clarity around the condenser. Additionally, for an added layer of protection, consider using a condenser cover during winter to further safeguard your outdoor unit.  

To ensure your HVAC system runs smoothly this Christmas, it is crucial to remain attentive and proactive. Our goal is for you to fully enjoy a holiday season with your loved ones, free from the added burden of potential HVAC issues.  We provide round-the-clock emergency services, available every day of the year. Please feel free to contact us at any time, and we will respond promptly. No matter what time of the year it is!

Call Bridgetown Heating & Cooling today at (513) 273-1335, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!