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

During the magical Christmas season, there are numerous activities to enjoy, such as playing in the snow, shopping, baking, and parties with loved ones. Amidst the excitement, it’s important not to overlook the strategic placement of seasonal decorations in and around your home. At Five Star Heating & Cooling Dayton, we want to emphasize the significance of considering your HVAC system amidst the hustle and bustle. Unsurprisingly, holiday decorations can impede the proper functioning of your HVAC system or even pose potential hazards. Rest assured, our team is here to provide professional guidance and ensure your HVAC system continues to perform its vital role throughout the festivities of the season. 

1. Be Conscious of Items That Are Flammable   

When decorating for Christmas, it’s crucial to be mindful of flammable items and their placement. While decorating, it’s important to remember to keep paper decorations, wrapped packages, blankets, and other flammable objects away from heating elements such as fireplaces and candles. Moreover, if you choose to use these elements, it is imperative to exercise extra caution and ensure they are properly extinguished before leaving your home or going to bed.  

2. Be Conscious of Covering Your Thermostat   

It is also important to exercise caution when decorating with garlands, Christmas lights, and other Christmas decorations to ensure that the thermostat is not obstructed. This is because the obstruction of a thermostat can negatively impact its ability to accurately measure the temperature in your home. This can result in ineffective communication with your furnace, leading to the incorrect amount of heat being produced for your home’s needs. Therefore, it is crucial to be mindful of the placement of decorations to maintain the optimal functionality of your heating system. 

3. Be Conscious of Your HVAC Vents   

It is important to pay attention to your HVAC system’s vents. During this season, with additional items and decorations in your home, make sure that your vents are not obstructed. Even though you may think it’s only for a month, it is crucial to remain vigilant and ensure that nothing is blocking your vents. Similar to the thermostat, if your HVAC vents are blocked, they will not function properly. So, be sure to set your furnace up for success during the holidays and confirm those vents remain unimpeded.   

4. Be Conscious of Your Condenser   

Another thing that is imperative is to give due consideration to the condenser (the outdoor unit). Despite its resilience against outdoor weather conditions and not being used in the winter, it is advisable to inspect the condenser periodically and remove any loose debris, such as twigs, leaves, and other objects. This is because the accumulation of snow, ice, debris, and other items can lead to blockages and potential damage to the unit. Therefore, maintaining a clean and clear vicinity around the condenser is always recommended. For an additional layer of protection, consider using a condenser cover during the winter season.  

It is crucial to stay vigilant to ensure your HVAC system remains in top shape this Christmas. Our goal is for you to fully enjoy the holiday season with your loved ones, free from the unnecessary stress of handling any HVAC emergencies. Rest assured, we are here to provide you with the professional expertise and confidence you need. Our emergency services are available 24/7, 365 days a year. Please don’t hesitate to contact us anytime, and we will promptly respond ASAP.

Call Five Star Heating & Cooling Dayton today at (937) 708-8278, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!