Halloween means fun, spooky
costumes, trick and treats, decorations, etc. But among all these, spooky
Halloween home decoration stands out the most. However, in all this fun stuff,
if you’re not aware of the HVAC safety tips, Halloween decorations can lead to
unwanted heating and cooling problems. In this article, I’ll talk about a few
tips for Halloween safety tips so that you can enjoy Halloween safely.
HVAC Tips for Halloween Safety
Don’t Block Your Air Vents
During Halloween, there are
spooky decorations everywhere. Many homeowners decorate both the inside and
outside of their house for Halloween. But while decorating your house, make
sure that you keep your air vents open.
Indoor air vents play a major
role in providing air supply to your HVAC system. If you block your air vents,
your HVAC system won’t get the necessary air supply. As a result, your heating
and cooling system will have to work harder and run longer to produce your
desired temperature. This will put a lot of stress and strain on your HVAC
system. Besides, you’ll see a sharp rise in your monthly heating and cooling
That’s why it’s recommended that
you keep all your furniture and decoration items away from your air vent. This
is not only applicable for Halloween but also for everyday use. It’ll keep your
HVAC system away from heavy HVAC repairs and high heating and cooling bills.
Don’t Put Any Decoration Item on the Outside Unit or Compressor
For many homeowners, the outside
unit of the air conditioner is an eyesore. If you’re planning to decorate the
outside unit or compressor this Halloween, I would recommend not to do that.
Because when you decorate the outside unit, it’s certain that you’ll end up
spending a ton of money on HVAC repairs. Let me explain it to you.
Like the indoor air vent, the
outside condenser unit is important. It removes the heat from your space and
keeps your home comfortable. When you decorate the outside unit, the airflow
will be blocked. As a result, your HVAC system won’t be able to remove heat
from your space. Besides, if you put small Halloween decoration items on your
outside unit, they can be stuck in the compressor and can create a mess. If
this happens, your outside unit will be damaged, and you’ll need heavy HVAC
That’s why no matter you like
your outside unit or not, don’t decorate or put any stuff on the outside unit.
Keep the Flammable Items Away from Your HVAC System
Who doesn’t like candles, right?
Candles add light, ambiance, and scent to the house. However, if you’re tempted
to use candles on Halloween, I’ll suggest you use battery-operated candles or
flashlight instead of a wax candle. Because wax candles may create ambiance or
Halloween vibes, but it will harm your HVAC system.
If you still want to use wax
candles for Halloween, keep them away from the indoor furnace unit. Besides,
don’t put wax candles near the air vents of your HVAC system. If you do so,
soot will start to build in the air ducts of your HVAC system and spread
throughout your house.
Enjoy the Fall
Halloween is a special occasion
for kids. They go one home to another for candies and show their tricks. Who
doesn’t love that, right?
But each time you open the door
of your house to offer candies to these kids, produced hot and cold air will leak
outside from your home. As a result, your HVAC system will have to work harder
to reach your desired temperature, and it’ll create a lot of stress and strain
in your HVAC system.
As Halloween nights are usually
a bit cooler and comfortable, it’s recommended that you put some chairs outside
in your yard and enjoy Halloween with your community. By doing this, you’ll be
able to keep your HVAC system away from repairs and enjoy Halloween and the
fall night at the same time.
Keep the Decorations Away from the Fireplace
While decorating your house for
Halloween, make sure that you don’t put any decoration item near open flames,
such as a furnace or fireplace. By doing this, you’ll be able to keep your home
safe from unwanted fires.
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