Before you know it, millions of homes across the nation will celebrate Halloween and the streets will be filled with costumed children. How does this affect you as a homeowner? Well, if you partake in the creepy decorations that are a mainstay for the holiday, you need to be thinking about HVAC safety. Here’s how:
Even rather small Halloween decorations can present a hazard that can impede your home’s air flow. Once everything is set up, be sure that no vents have been blocked or you could force your HVAC system to work harder than it needs to.
This common decoration can instantly put you in the mood for the holiday, but it can also cause issues that you may not be aware of. First, the fibers can get into your air, which can be harmful to any household members suffering from asthma or other respiratory issues. Second, these same fibers may find their way into your HVAC system’s air filter. Be sure to check the filter once all the ghouls and ghosts have retired to their homes.
Many homeowners fill their yard and lawn with big Halloween displays. These people go a long way to making the holiday exciting – and even a little scary – for adults and kids alike. If these decorations are covering your HVAC system’s outdoor unit, however, it could lead to performance problems. All you need to do is check the unit and remove anything close to it.
Whether you’ve decorated inside your home, outside in the yard, or a mixture of both, certain things like audio systems for creepy sounds, projection displays, or moving decorations all need additional power. Most homeowners don’t seem to care about the extra cost, but don’t be surprised if your monthly energy bill is a little scary, too.
For more expert advice on HVAC safety during the Halloween holiday or other home comfort concerns, please contact the professionals at Powers Heating & Air Conditioning. We currently serve the HVAC needs of Peachtree City and the surrounding areas.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.
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