Home is a safe place for families to celebrate the holidays and enjoy the season. But there’s a few things homeowners should do to protect their HVAC system (and loved ones) during the busy season. The following tips will ensure the HVAC system continues to operate safely, without any issues.
- Avoid flammable decorations.
If you’re known for going a tad overboard with holiday decorations, be careful where you place materials like fabrics, paper, and other flammable objects. Keep them away from heat-generating appliances, such as the radiator, electric blanket, and space heater, to avoid creating a fire hazard.
- Keep air vents uncovered.
It’s also important to avoid placing gifts, decorations, the Christmas tree, and any other items in front of air vents. Blocking air vents will inhibit airflow into the home and force the system to work harder to heat the home, causing energy costs to skyrocket.
- Water the Christmas tree.
If you’ve decorated a live Christmas tree in your home, be sure to water it regularly to keep it from drying out and creating a fire hazard. A tiny spark by malfunctioning lights on the tree can cause the tree to ignite. These sparks can even occur when you’re not home, so it’s a good idea to turn off Christmas lights before heading out the door.
- Test smoke detectors.
Smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors can be monitored remotely, allowing homeowners to quickly respond to a fire or gas leak. This investment can also help homeowners save on insurance, making it a worthwhile home improvement project.
- Clear debris away from the outdoor unit.
Ice, dirt, grass trimmings, branches, and other debris can accumulate around the outdoor unit and reduce efficiency. Regularly cleaning the space around the outdoor unit will keep your system functioning efficiently.
- Replace the air filter.
A clogged air filter inhibits airflow and impairs the system’s overall performance. It’s a good idea to replace the air filter at the beginning of each season.
- Schedule a professional inspection and tune-up.
If you have a busy schedule this holiday season, contact Blue Apple for professional HVAC services in Las Vegas. Our team of licensed electricians is on standby, waiting for your call!