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

Experience the magic of Christmas in Ohio! Picture snow-covered landscapes, joyful shopping trips, delightful baking sessions, and unforgettable parties with loved ones. This season is packed with holiday activities that bring joy to our hearts. And let’s not forget the enchantment of seasonal decorations! But amidst all the excitement, it’s crucial to remember to strategically place your decorations around your home, including your HVAC system. The Fairfield-Hamilton Heating & Cooling team is here to remind you that holiday decorations should never interfere with your HVAC system’s performance or, worse, create a hazardous situation. So, let’s keep the holiday spirit alive while ensuring a safe and cozy home this Christmas season! 

1. Be Careful Where You Place Flammable Items 

Amidst the Christmas decorations, it’s easy to overlook the aspect of flammable items and safety. It’s easy to get carried away with the enchanting atmosphere. But let’s not forget to be mindful of the paper decorations, wrapped packages, blankets, and other objects and their placement. Keep them away from fireplaces and candles, as well as any other heating elements. And if you do use these elements, make sure to extinguish them properly before leaving home or heading to bed.  

2. Be Careful Not to Cover Your Thermostat 

‘Tis the season to deck the halls with garlands and all sorts of Christmas items here and there. But hold up, make sure you don’t go covering up the thermostat in the process. You see, when the thermostat gets obstructed, it can mess with its ability to accurately read the temperature and effectively communicate with your furnace, resulting in it pumping out the wrong amount of heat your home needs. So, whatever you do, please be sure you aren’t placing anything on, around, or in front of your thermostat. 

3. Be Careful Not to Obstruct Your Vents 

As you deck the halls and fill your home with festive cheer, another thing to be mindful of is your HVAC vents. You might be tempted to think, “These decorations are only here temporarily,” but remember, staying vigilant is key. Blocked vents mean compromised performance; the last thing you want is a temperamental furnace spoiling your holiday spirit.  

4. Be Careful & Take Care of Your Condenser   

Last but certainly not least, let’s give some love to your condenser (aka your outdoor unit). Even though it’s designed to brave the elements and is not put to use during the winter, it’s still great to check on it periodically. Make sure it’s not surrounded by loose debris like twigs, leaves, and other random outdoor objects. In fact, the area around your unit should be kept clear to prevent obstructions and damage to the unit. Plus, snow and ice teaming up with debris or loose objects can cause unnecessary blockages and potential damage to your unit. For an extra layer of protection, you can even utilize a condenser cover during the winter. 

Stay vigilant this season so that you can kick your feet up and relax! We want you to savor the joy of the season with your loved ones, free from the unnecessary stress of an HVAC catastrophe. Don’t forget; We are here for you, day or night, ’round the clock, 365 days a year! Our team is just a phone call away, ready to assist you in any HVAC emergency.

Call Fairfield-Hamilton Heating & Cooling today at (513) 540-1716, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here


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