Dec 1, 2023

Christmas in Ohio is such an enchanting experience! Imagine snowflakes gently falling outside while cozy holiday get-togethers create a warm and inviting atmosphere indoors. It’s truly a magical time of the year, isn’t it? However, amidst all the festivities, let’s not forget the importance of keeping your HVAC system safe. With all the seasonal decorations and items adorning our homes, we want to make sure nothing messes with your HVAC system’s peak performance. That’s where we come in! At New Albany Heating & Cooling, we’re here to provide you with expert guidance and simple precautions. Our goal? To ensure you and your loved ones have a cozy and secure holiday season. So go ahead, and celebrate with confidence, knowing that we’ve got your back when it comes to the comfort and safety of your home. 

1. Be Aware of Flammable Items  

First off, when you’re decorating your home for Christmas, it’s important to keep in mind the potential flammability of certain items. So, make sure to take some extra precautions to ensure that paper decorations, wrapped packages, blankets, and other flammable objects are kept at a safe distance from heat sources like fireplaces, candles, or space heaters. Though these elements definitely add to the festive atmosphere, we still need to be careful and prevent them from becoming fire hazards. Also, don’t forget to properly extinguish or turn off any heating elements before leaving the house or going to bed.  

2. Think About Your Thermostat  

Another thing you want to make sure of is that you don’t cover or block your thermostat! When a thermostat is blocked off or impeded, it can mess with temperature readings and make it difficult for your furnace to do its job properly. Plus, having items around or in front of the thermostat might interfere with its function and negatively impact how it reads the temperature in your house. Ultimately, this can cause the furnace to produce an incorrect amount of heat. So, be mindful of where you put your decorations, and keep that thermostat clear! 

3. Be Conscious of Your HVAC Vents  

When you’re setting up bulky items like Christmas trees or any other seasonal decorations, it’s essential to consider where you place them. Just like your thermostat, you definitely don’t want your HVAC vents being obstructed from performing their job correctly. Even though they’re only out for a short time, putting them in the wrong spot can mess with the airflow and cause heating issues. So, just a friendly reminder to keep those vents clear and unobstructed. 

4. Remember the Condenser

During the winter, even if your outdoor unit (condenser) isn’t being used and can handle the weather, it’s still important to be cautious and keep an eye on it. You should occasionally check for any loose debris, like leaves, twigs, or outdoor items that might have fallen outside. This is crucial because a combination of accumulated snow or ice with loose debris or stray items can potentially harm the unit. Moreover, as an extra layer of protection against the elements, you might want to consider using a condenser cover for the winter season. 

We want you to have an incredible Christmas with your loved ones, free from any unnecessary stress caused by HVAC problems. But if you happen to run into any issues this season, don’t fret! New Albany Heating & Cooling is here to lend a helping hand with our expert assistance and friendly support. We offer emergency services 24/7, 365 days a year, so you can count on us to be there whenever you need us. 

You can reach us at (614) 636-5002 or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here