As Christmas Day and the holiday season gets underway, most of us will be decking the halls with holly, twinkling lights, mistletoe, and other decorations. While you are busy making your house look festive and opening those gifts, safety could be one of the last things on your mind. To keep your household safe and happy this Holiday Season, follow these five (5) safety tips from McKeown’s Heating and Air Services.
Don’t Cover Your Thermostat
With the holiday spirit in the air, it’s easy to get carried away decorating your home and even covering your thermostat with big, shiny decorations. Unfortunately, these Christmas decorations can cause your device to misread your home temperature. Impeding your system from functioning properly can cause poor comfort and a high energy bill.
Clear Your Outdoor Unit
Twigs, dirt, and other debris can have their way to get inside your outdoor unit. These unwanted elements can damage your system’s components and compromise its performance. Check your condenser and ensure it’s clean and clear to avoid comfort issues this Christmas.
Inspect Your Electrical System
Oh, what a joy to see your dancing (and singing) Christmas lights in and around your home. But before you start hanging and setting them up, carefully check the lights, cords, plugs, and, more importantly, your electrical system. Call a licensed technician for a complete inspection and any potential issues.
Change Your Air Filter
Dirty and clogged filters can cause airflow issues, high energy costs, and even system failure. Be sure to replace your air filter this holiday season to achieve better indoor air quality and big savings on your bill. Also, stock up so you’re prepared throughout the season.
Schedule an HVAC Maintenance
The most important and overlooked safety resource is HVAC maintenance! While Christmas is the busiest time of the year, don’t forget to give your system the care it deserves. Have your local contractor inspect, test, clean, and ensure that your unit is working in tip-top shape. After all, your HVAC system needs this gift! Oh, the joy of Christmas is here! So don’t let a malfunctioning HVAC system ruin this special season with your family and friends. Follow these safety tips to have a safe and merry holiday! Contact us at McKeown’s Heating and Air Services for your comfort needs, and our expert technicians will be there right away.