Christmas in Ohio is such a magical experience! Imagine snowflakes gently falling outside while cozy holiday gatherings create a warm atmosphere indoors. It’s truly a special time of year. But amidst all the festivities, let’s not forget how important it is to keep your HVAC system safe. With all the seasonal decorations around, we want to make sure nothing gets in the way of your HVAC system working at its best. At Mount Washington Heating & Cooling, we’re here to provide expert guidance and tips for simple precautions to make sure you have a cozy and secure holiday season with your loved ones.  

1. Think About Flammable Materials 

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, candles, or space heaters. While these elements undoubtedly add to the festive atmosphere, it’s imperative 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  

Now, you’ll want to confirm that your thermostat remains uncovered and unobstructed as well. This is important as covering or blocking the thermostat can interfere with accurate temperature readings and hinder the optimal functioning of your furnace. Additionally, having objects near or in front of the thermostat may impede its performance and adversely affect temperature readings in your house. Ultimately, this can result in the furnace producing an incorrect amount of heat. Therefore, it is best to always maintain a clear space around and in front of your thermostat for efficient and reliable temperature control. 

3. Think About Your HVAC Vents  

When positioning bulky items such as Christmas trees and other seasonal decorations in your home, you’ll want to consider their strategic placement so as to avoid blocking off your HVAC vents. When items are placed in front of or on top of an HVAC vent, it will impede and disrupt airflow, which will confuse your furnace and may impact proper heating functionality. Therefore, don’t discount the importance of making sure your HVAC vents remain clear and unimpeded. 

4. Think About Your Condenser 

During the winter season, it is important to take precautions and ensure the proper maintenance of your condenser (outdoor unit), even when it is not in use. Although your outdoor unit is designed to withstand various weather conditions, you still should periodically inspect the condenser for any loose debris, such as leaves, twigs, or other outdoor items. This is crucial because the accumulation of snow or ice, combined with loose debris or stray items, can potentially cause damage to the unit. As an additional protective measure against the elements, you may consider utilizing a condenser cover specifically designed for the winter season. performance. 

We hope you enjoy a fantastic Christmas with your loved ones, free from the unnecessary stress of dealing with avoidable HVAC problems. However, in the rare event that you encounter any HVAC issues this season, rest assured! Mount Washington Heating & Cooling is here to provide expert assistance and support with a friendly touch. We offer round-the-clock emergency services, 365 days a year, ensuring that we are always available to help you with confidence and professionalism. 

You can reach us at (513) 655-5115 or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!

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