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

Are you well-prepared for the upcoming Christmas season? By now, you have likely meticulously planned your holiday calendar, organized gifts for your loved ones, and strategically arranged your holiday decorations. However, have you considered the importance of your HVAC system in this process? Ensuring a cozy atmosphere and preventing costly repairs are just a couple of reasons why taking precautionary measures with your HVAC system during this time of year is crucial. So, please continue reading for Westerville Air Conditioning & Heating‘s expert tips on how to enjoy a stress-free and comfortable Christmas!  

1. Are Your Vents Blocked Off? 

When setting up your Christmas decorations, it’s important to consider the placement of your HVAC vents. This is because blocking these vents with large items like Christmas trees or other holiday decorations can restrict airflow, confuse your furnace, and ultimately lead to heating issues. To ensure optimal performance this season, make sure to keep your vents clear and unobstructed. Remember, proper airflow is key to maintaining a comfortable and efficient home during the holidays.   

2. Is Your Thermostat Obstructed?   

It is important to remember that your thermostat can easily be overlooked during the decorating process. Similar to HVAC vents, placing objects near or in front of the thermostat can interfere with its functionality and result in incorrect temperature readings. This can lead to inefficient heating, causing discomfort. In order to prevent this, we recommend keeping the area in front of and around your thermostat clear of any obstructions. Additionally, refrain from using the thermostat to hang additional decorations. Setting your thermostat up to succeed is necessary for maintaining optimal heating efficiency. 

3. Are Your Heating Sources Near Flammable Objects?   

During the Christmas season, please bear in mind when you create a cozy atmosphere, you should also be mindful of potential fire hazards. For example, take care to keep flammable items such as garlands, paper decorations, and wrapping paper at a safe distance from heat sources like fireplaces, candles, or space heaters. By being proactive and cautious, you can easily prevent any fire hazards. Additionally, remember to always properly extinguish or turn off any heating elements before leaving the house or going to bed. Your safety and the safety of your loved ones is of utmost importance. 

4. Does Your Condenser Have a Clutter-Free Area?   

Lastly, it is important to occasionally inspect your outdoor unit, also known as the condenser. Although designed to withstand Ohio’s weather conditions, it is still recommended to check on it periodically. Confirm that it is free from any loose debris, such as leaves, sticks, and twigs, as well as any stray outdoor items that may have been blown onto it. Additionally, consider using a condenser cover in the winter for added protection. 

At Westerville Air Conditioning & Heating, we provide round-the-clock emergency services, ensuring that you can relish the holiday season without any disruptions. We extend our heartfelt wishes to you and your family for a joyful and peaceful holiday season!  

Call us at (614) 810-0075, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!