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

Are you all set for the Christmas season? By now, you’ve probably planned out your holiday calendar with all the festivities. You’ve got your gifts for loved ones and family sorted, and you’ve strategized where to put all your holiday decorations. But have you thought about your HVAC system in the midst of it all? From creating a cozy atmosphere to avoiding expensive repairs, there are plenty of reasons why taking some precautionary steps with your HVAC system is important during this time of year. So, keep reading for Springfield Heating & Cooling‘s easy-to-follow tips to ensure a stress-free and comfortable holiday season! 

1. Are Your Vents Blocked Off?   

Christmas decorations can take up a lot of space, especially when we think “it’s only temporary.” But here’s the thing – when you’re setting up those seasonal items around your home, make sure you don’t block your HVAC vents. Blocking them with big items like Christmas trees or gigantic packages can mess with the airflow, confuse your furnace, and cause heating issues. So, keep those vents clear and unobstructed for top-notch performance this season! 

2. Does Your Thermostat Have Breathing Room?   

Another thing to keep in mind is that it’s super easy to overlook your thermostat when decorating. Just like your HVAC vents, placing objects near or in front of them can mess with their functionality and give you incorrect temperature readings. And you definitely don’t want your furnace to get the correct temperature readings from your thermostat. So, make sure you keep the area around, in front of, or even on the surface of your thermostat clear.  

3. Do You Have Flammable Items Near Heat Sources?   

For many, Christmas is all about creating a cozy vibe. It’s fun to get carried away with the whimsical atmosphere, but don’t forget to be mindful of flammable stuff like garlands, paper decorations, or wrapping paper. Keep them away from fireplaces, candles, or space heaters to avoid any potential fire hazards. Always remember to properly extinguish or turn off heating elements before heading out or hitting the sack.  

4. Is Your Condenser Protected?   

Even though you don’t use your outdoor unit (the condenser) in winter, it’s still a good idea to check on it once in a while throughout the season. Our Ohio winter weather can be tough, so it’s important to make sure it’s free from any loose debris like leaves, sticks, twigs, or even stray outdoor items that might have blown onto it. Snow and ice piling up, coupled with loose debris or clutter, could cause harm to your unit. So, it’s in your unit’s best interest to scope out the area surrounding it every now and then. Furthermore, you might want to use a condenser cover for some extra protection.  

Here at Springfield Heating & Cooling, we know the significance of having a safe and cozy Christmas. That’s why we’ve got you covered with our 24/7 emergency services. We all wish you and your family a warm and joyful holiday season! Stay safe, and have a fantastic time with your loved ones during this wonderful time of year. So, you can kick back and enjoy the holiday season without any worries!

Call us at (937) 350-1881, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!   

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