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

Christmas in Ohio is a magical time of the year! With snow, shopping, baking, and parties with friends and family, there are plenty of holiday activities to enjoy. Holiday decorations play a big part in the fun too! However, it’s important not to forget about your HVAC system amidst all the excitement. Five Star Heating & Cooling Cincinnati is here to remind you that sometimes, holiday decorations can interfere with your HVAC system’s performance or even pose a safety risk. So, remember to place your decorations strategically and ensure that your HVAC system can do its job effectively.   

1. Do You Have Flammable Items Near Heating Elements?  

During the Christmas decorating frenzy, it’s easy to overlook flammable items and the safety aspect. We can all get caught up in the festive atmosphere. However, it’s important to be mindful of potential fire hazards such as paper decorations, wrapped packages, blankets, and other flammable objects. Keep them away from heat sources like fireplaces and candles. Also, remember to properly extinguish any lit elements before leaving your home or going to bed. Safety first!  

2. Is Your Thermostat Covered? 

It’s important to be mindful when placing decorations like garlands and Christmas lights throughout your home. Avoid covering the thermostat to ensure it can accurately read the temperature in your home. If the thermostat is obstructed, it may not communicate effectively with your furnace, leading to incorrect heating of your home. 

3. Are Your HVAC Vents Obstructed? 

Another important aspect of your HVAC system to keep in mind is your vents. With extra items and decorations in your home during this season, make sure nothing is blocking your vents. Even though all the seasonal items will only be put out for a short amount of time, it’s still crucial to stay vigilant and ensure that nothing obstructs your vents. Similar to the thermostat, blocked HVAC vents can hinder their performance. The last thing you want is for your furnace to encounter issues during the holidays.   

4. Have You Checked Your Condenser? 

Lastly, don’t forget to pay attention to your condenser (the outdoor unit). Even though it’s designed to withstand outdoor weather and isn’t used in the winter season, it’s still important to ensure it’s not surrounded by loose debris like twigs, leaves, or other objects. Snow, ice, and debris can cause blockages and damage to your unit. So, take extra care to keep the area around the condenser clean and clear. For added protection, consider using a condenser cover in winter. 

The best thing you can do for your HVAC system this Christmas is to be mindful and stay vigilant. We want you to enjoy your Christmas with your loved ones without the unnecessary stress of dealing with an HVAC catastrophe. We are available round the clock, every day of the year, for emergency services. Just give us a call anytime, and we’ll be there as soon as possible. It doesn’t matter what time of the year it is!

Call Five Star Heating & Cooling Cincinnati today at (513) 216-5011, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!