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

Christmas in Ohio is an enchanting experience! Picture snowflakes gently falling outside while warm holiday gatherings create a cozy atmosphere indoors. It’s truly a magical time of the year. However, amidst the festivities, let’s not forget the importance of ensuring the safety of your HVAC system. There are a lot of seasonal decorations and objects that adorn our homes this time of year. And it’s important to make sure nothing gets in the way of your HVAC system functioning at its highest capacity. At Mason Heating & Air, we’re here to provide you with expert guidance and simple precautions. Our goal is to guarantee a cozy and secure holiday season for you and your loved ones. With our assistance, you can celebrate the season while confidently ensuring the comfort and safety of your home.  

1. Be Aware of Flammable Items 

First, when decorating your home for Christmas, it’s important to be mindful of the potential flammability of certain items. So, take extra precautions to ensure that paper decorations, wrapped packages, blankets, and other flammable objects are kept a safe distance away from heat sources, like fireplaces or candles. While these elements undoubtedly add to the festive atmosphere, it’s crucial to prevent them from becoming fire hazards. And when you do use these elements, don’t forget to properly extinguish any heating elements before leaving the house or going to bed.  

2. Think About Your Thermostat 

When you’re “decking your halls” with festive decorations, it’s important to think about where you place them. Remember not to cover or block your thermostat! Doing so can mess with temperature readings and make it hard for your furnace to do its job. Plus, having items around or in front of the thermostat might impede the thermostat and negatively affect how it reads the temperature in your house. Ultimately, this can cause the furnace to put out an incorrect amount of heat. 

3. Be Conscious of Your HVAC Vents 

When you’re placing bulky items like Christmas trees, it’s important to think about where you put them so that you don’t block your HVAC vents. Even though these items are only out for a little while, putting them in the wrong spot can mess with the airflow and cause problems with your heating. So, remember to keep those vents clear and unobstructed. 

4. Remember the Condenser Too 

During the winter, even though your condenser (outdoor unit) is not in use and it is built to withstand the weather, it’s still important to take precautions and keep an eye on it. You should periodically give the condenser a regular check for any loose debris like leaves, twigs, or fallen outdoor items. This is crucial because accumulated snow or ice coupled with loose debris or stray items can potentially damage the unit. 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 amazing Christmas with your loved ones without the unnecessary stress of dealing with preventable HVAC problems. But, on the off chance you happen to experience any HVAC issues this season, don’t worry! Mason Heating & Air is here to offer expert assistance and support with a friendly touch. We provide emergency services ’round the clock, 365 days a year, ensuring that we are always available to assist you. 

You can reach us at (513) 496-2477 or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here