The last three months of the year are always full of decorations and celebrations. Stores are full of extravagant decorations and apart from wanting to make your home colorful and homey, you also want to impress your guests. But don’t get too ahead of yourself. You don’t want to place decorations on your HVAC system, no matter how out of place the system may seem. Ellis Air Conditioning and Heating has 5 tips on how to protect your HVAC system this Christmas season.
Don’t Cover Your Thermostat
Is your wall full of beautiful Christmas decorations, but your thermostat takes up some space and seems out of place? Your first instinct might be to cover the thermostat with some decorations so it fits the theme. However, Ellis Air Conditioning and Heating highly recommends that you don’t do that! Hiding the thermostat will make it hard for the device to read the temperature correctly.
In other words, your heating system will not work as efficiently when you cover your thermostat with Christmas decorations. Sacrifice the visual appearance for the comfort of your home.
Keep Flammable Items Away
Christmas decorations are made of all kinds of materials, such as fabrics, papers, and other flammable objects. Be careful about where you place them. You don’t want to have these near any heat-generating appliances, such as the radiator, space heater, and electric blanket to avoid fire hazards.
Don’t Cover Air Vents
Make sure you know where all of your air vents are located. During the Christmas season, homes are full of gifts, decorations, Christmas trees, and so on. Don’t place any of these items near or in front of the air vents. This can block the proper airflow and increase your energy bills because your system needs to work harder to keep your home at an ideal temperature.
Check Outdoor Unit
Don’t forget to keep an eye on your outdoor HVAC unit. This system is built to endure harsh weather, but even the strongest of materials can suffer. Your outdoor unit needs proper care and maintenance like the rest of your system, so take time to inspect the components. Make sure there isn’t ice or debris around or inside the unit.
And keep away any decorations from the outdoor unit as well. As a rule of thumb, your unit should maintain a three feet clearance around it so it can work efficiently.
Schedule a Unit Inspection
It’s important to schedule a yearly HVAC system inspection to ensure that it is workly properly. Ellis Air Conditioning and Heating is only a call away. We can get you on a regular schedule or you can give us a call whenever you need our services. Our technicians will catch problems early on before they become serious issues. This will help save you money in the long run.
Protect Your HVAC System
If you need HVAC system maintenance, get in touch with Ellis Air Conditioning and Heating. We will help you protect your HVAC system during the holidays and beyond. Let’s schedule an inspection this Christmas to ensure it keeps you and your family warm during the long winter.