Are you all ready for the Christmas season? By now, you’ve likely already planned out your holiday calendar for all the festivities. You’ve got your gifts to loved ones, and family thought out and have all your holiday decorations strategized for what goes where. But have you considered your HVAC system in the process of it all? From ensuring a cozy atmosphere to avoiding costly repairs, there are many reasons why taking some precautionary steps with your HVAC system is essential during this time of year. Read on for Newark-Heath Heating & Cooling’s easy-to-follow advice to help ensure you enjoy a stress-free and comfortable festive period!  

1. Are Your Vents Clear?  

First and foremost, Christmas decorations can take up a lot of space, especially when we adopt the mindset that “it’s only temporary.” However, it’s essential to keep in mind the placement of your HVAC vents when setting out seasonal items around your home. Blocking them with large items such as Christmas trees, huge packages, or any other holiday decoration can restrict airflow, confuse your furnace, and cause heating issues. So, keep your vents clear and unobstructed for optimal performance this season!  

2. Is Your Thermostat Covered?  

Another thing to remember is that it’s easy for your thermostat to get overlooked in the decorating process, too. But, just like your HVAC vents, placing any objects near or in front of them can interfere with their functionality and ultimately cause incorrect temperature readings. When this happens, it can lead to your furnace producing too much or not enough heat, which can be both uncomfortable and inefficient. You can avoid this by keeping the area in front of and around your thermostat clear. Lastly, don’t use the thermostat to dangle any additional decorations.  

3. Are There Flammable Items Nearby?  

Christmas is all about creating a cozy atmosphere. It’s easy to get caught up in creating a whimsical ambiance, but it’s important to watch for flammable items like garlands, paper decorations, or wrapping paper. You want to keep them at a safe distance from heat sources like fireplaces, candles, or space heaters. The last thing you need is a fire hazard on your hands that could have been easily prevented. Also, remember to properly extinguish or turn off any heating elements before leaving the house or going to bed.  

4. Is Your Outdoor Unit Protected?  

Your outdoor unit (the condenser) may not be used during the winter, but it’s still important to check on it occasionally throughout this season. Although it is built to withstand the weather conditions of our dear Ohio, you should still make it a habit to check on it periodically. You want to ensure it is clear of any loose debris (leaves, sticks, twigs, etc.) or stray outdoor items that may have been blown by the wind and fallen onto it. Snow and ice can quickly accumulate into a disastrous pile, so consider using a condenser cover for added protection.  

We at Newark-Heath Heating & Cooling understand the importance of a safe and cozy Christmas. That’s why we offer 24/7 emergency services, so you can enjoy the holiday season no matter what. From all of us, we wish you and your family a warm and happy holiday season! Stay safe, and we hope you enjoy this wonderful time of year with your loved ones.   

You can call us at (740) 212-5849 or schedule an appointment now by clicking here!  

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