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

Are you ready for the Christmas season? By now, you’ve probably planned out your holiday calendar for all the seasonal festivities. You’ve thought about gifts for loved ones and family, and have strategized your holiday decorations. But have you considered your HVAC system in the process? Providing a cozy atmosphere and avoiding costly unnecessary repairs are important reasons to take precautionary steps with your HVAC system during this time of year. Read on for Washington Court House Heating & Cooling‘s advice to help you enjoy a stress-free and comfortable Christmas! 

1. Think About the Vents 

First and foremost, remember that Christmas decorations can take up a lot of space. So, it’s important to consider the placement of your HVAC vents when setting out seasonal items. Blocking them with large items like Christmas trees or holiday decorations can restrict airflow, confuse your furnace, and cause heating issues. So, keep your vents clear and unobstructed for optimal performance this season! 

2. Think About the Thermostat 

Another important point to consider is that it’s easy to overlook your thermostat when decorating. However, just like HVAC vents, placing objects near or in front of them can disrupt their functionality and cause inaccurate temperature readings. This can result in your furnace producing too much or too little heat, leading to discomfort and inefficiency. To avoid this, keep the area around your thermostat clear and refrain from using it to hang any decorations. 

3. Think About Flammable Items 

To many, it’s important to create a cozy atmosphere during Christmas. While it’s fun to decorate and make everything whimsical, it’s crucial to be cautious of flammable items like garlands, paper decorations, or wrapping paper. Make sure to keep them away from heat sources like fireplaces, candles, or space heaters. The last thing you want is a preventable fire hazard. Also, remember to properly extinguish or turn off any heating elements before leaving the house or going to bed. 

4. Think About the Condenser 

During the winter, even though you won’t be using your outdoor unit (the condenser), it’s still important to occasionally check on it. While it’s designed to withstand weather conditions, it’s still a good habit to inspect it periodically. Make sure there’s no loose debris like leaves, sticks, twigs, or any stray outdoor items that might have blown onto it. Accumulated snow and ice paired with loose debris or stray can cause damage. You can also consider using a condenser cover for extra protection. 

At Washington Court House Heating & Cooling, we know how crucial it is to have a safe and comfortable Christmas. That’s why we provide round-the-clock emergency services. You can have a worry-free holiday season with us by your side. Wishing you and your family a warm and joyful holiday season! Stay safe and enjoy this wonderful time of year with your loved ones. From all of us. 

Call us at (740) 281-5312, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!   

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