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4 HVAC Tips for Halloween Safety

With Halloween fast approaching, one of the year's best seasons for decorating is upon us. As we get ready for a time filled with ghosts, candy, and all manner of scary costumes, it is worth the effort to make sure that you prepare in as safe a way as possible. Whether you plan to transform your home into a spooky mansion or want to add a few pumpkins to the yard, it is important to make sure that you decorate with your HVAC unit in mind.

Keep Your Unit Covered

An essential element to keep in mind while decorating is to avoid covering or otherwise obstructing your HVAC unit's vents with decorations. Covering your HVAC unit can lead to several problems. In addition to experiencing reduced airflow in your home, you could also end up paying more for electricity due to the HVAC unit not performing as efficiently as possible. Even in some cases, pieces of decorations could break off and damage the unit.

Keep Flammables Away

While candles can be a great way to make your decor more ominous, it can be dangerous to keep them near your HVAC unit. Dripping wax or tipped candles can be quite harmful to your HVAC unit in addition to being a fire hazard. Fortunately, there are several excellent options to replace traditional candles such as flashlights, battery-operated candles, glow sticks, and more.

Consider Safe Outdoor Lighting

Similarly, make sure to be careful with the decisions you make with your electric lights. Outdoor electric lights are a great addition to your yard's Halloween atmosphere, but they can become a fire or electrical hazards if you are not careful. For starters, avoid putting electrical lights on or near your HVAC unit, if at all possible. The HVAC unit's heat can lead to problems that harm the lights themselves and damage your yard or people. Additionally, make sure to use light fixtures approved for the tasks you want them to do.

Outdoor Fun

Perhaps the most straightforward way to save your HVAC unit unneeded stress is to stay outside during trick-or-treating if the weather permits. By not moving from the indoors to the outdoors during the evening, you can save energy, money, and strain on your unit.

By combining these tips, you can enjoy a great Halloween while protecting your home and your pocketbook. There is no need to expose you and your family to unnecessary dangers or expenses. Reach out to us today to learn more about how to care for your HVAC unit this Halloween.