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

Christmas in Ohio can be a delightful time of the year! With snow, shopping, baking, and parties with loved ones, this season offers a plethora of holiday activities. The importance of seasonal decorations cannot be underestimated, but it is crucial to place them strategically in and around your home. In the midst of the excitement, it’s essential not to overlook the impact of decorations on your HVAC system. At Finneytown Heating & Cooling, we want to remind you that holiday decorations have the potential to interfere with your HVAC system’s performance or even pose a safety risk. Your comfort and safety are our top priorities! 

1. What About Flammable Items? 

Flammable items are often overlooked amidst the Christmas decorations as we become engrossed 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. These must be kept at a safe distance from heating elements like fireplaces and candles. Additionally, if you utilize these elements, it is essential to exercise extra caution and ensure they are properly extinguished before leaving your home or retiring for the night. 

2. What About the Thermostat?

It is important to exercise caution when decorating by placing garlands, Christmas lights, and other decorations around your home. Things like the thermostat should not be blocked off in the process. This is because an obstructed thermostat may inaccurately read the temperature in your home and fail to effectively communicate with your furnace, leading to improper heating. So, please take extra care not to place anything on top of or in front of the thermostat. 

3. What About the HVAC Vents?   

Another important aspect to consider in your HVAC system is the ventilation. With the addition of extra items and decorations in your home this season, it is crucial to ensure that your vents are not covered or closed. While you may think, “It’s only for a month,” it is important to remain vigilant and guarantee that your vents remain unblocked. Just like the thermostat, blocked HVAC vents cannot perform their intended function. The last thing you want is for your furnace to encounter issues during the holiday season. 

4. What About the Condenser? 

Lastly, it is also essential to pay attention to your condenser (the outdoor unit). Even though the condenser is designed to withstand outdoor conditions and is not operational during winter, you check your condenser periodically and confirm that it is not surrounded by loose debris like twigs, leaves, or other outdoor objects. Accumulation of snow, ice, and debris can lead to blockages and potential damage to your unit. Therefore, maintaining a clean and unobstructed vicinity around the condenser is always recommended. As an additional precaution, you may consider using a condenser cover for added protection during the winter season.   

By being mindful and staying vigilant with your HVAC system, you can help lay out a smooth and enjoyable Christmas for you and your loved ones this season. We provide round-the-clock emergency services, 365 days a year. Feel free to contact us at any time, and we will promptly respond ASAP. Our commitment to being available throughout the year remains unwavering. 

Call Finneytown Heating & Cooling today at (513) 935-0440, or schedule an appointment now by clicking here!