Condenser, Flammable, HVAC, Outdoor Unit, Precautions, Safety, Thermostat, Vents, Winter

Christmas in Ohio is a magical experience! With snowflakes gracing the ground and the cozy warmth of holiday gatherings indoors, it truly is a great time of the year. However, amidst the festivities, it’s important to remember the safety of your HVAC system. With seasonal decorations and objects adorning our homes this season, it’s crucial to ensure nothing interferes with the optimal functioning of your HVAC system. At Milford Heating & Cooling, we’re here to provide expert guidance and simple precautions to guarantee a cozy and secure holiday season for you and your loved ones.  

1. Be Mindful of Flammable Items  

When decorating your home for Christmas, it’s important to consider the flammability of certain items. Be sure to take extra precautions to keep paper decorations, wrapped packages, blankets, and other flammable objects at a safe distance from heat sources like fireplaces or candles. While these elements enhance the festive atmosphere, it’s crucial to prevent them from becoming fire hazards. On top of that, remember to properly extinguish any heating elements before leaving the house or going to bed. 

2. Be Mindful of Your Thermostat  

When decorating your home for the holidays, it’s important to consider the placement of your decorations. This means you should avoid covering or blocking your thermostat as it can interfere with proper temperature readings and ultimately hinder your furnace’s performance. So, because having items on top of, around, or in front of the thermostat can affect its temperature readings, it is best to refrain from doing so. 

3. Be Mindful of Your HVAC Vents  

Another thing you want to be mindful of is placing bulky items (like Christmas trees) in front of your HVAC vents. Even though these items are only put out temporarily, obstructing airflow can confuse your furnace and lead to a variety of issues. So, remember to keep vents clear and unobstructed. 

4. Be Mindful of Your Condenser 

During winter, although your condenser (outdoor unit) is not in use and is designed to endure the weather, it’s still important to take precautions and monitor it. Periodically check the condenser for loose debris, such as leaves, twigs, or outdoor items that may have fallen near or on top of the unit. This is crucial because accumulated snow or ice, combined with loose debris or stray items, can potentially damage the unit. As another means of protection, you can also consider using a condenser cover during the winter season. 

Enjoy a stress-free Christmas with your loved ones, free from the hassle of preventable HVAC problems, with these tips and tricks listed here. However, if you do encounter any HVAC issues, rest assured Milford Heating & Cooling is here to provide expert assistance and support. Our emergency services are available 24/7, 365 days a year, ensuring we’re always ready to help you when you need it most. 

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