You may be wondering what your HVAC system has to do with Halloween safety, but if you've ever had your Halloween decorations become the cause of an emergency response, then you certainly don't want your HVAC to become the spookiest part of Halloween night ever again. With that in mind, today we'll discuss 5 Halloween safety tips you don't want to forget this coming weekend.
1. Don't Block Your HVAC with Halloween Decorations
We are all for decorating the house for Haloween, but your decorations should not limit your HVAC system's performance in any way. Make sure that any fake spider webs, skeletons, ghosts, witches, or any other spooky decor is hung with care to ensure that you don't negatively affect your HVAC's ability to do the job it's intended to do.
Specifically, make sure that you aren't blocking your vents or registers. Doing so can lead to a series of performance problems that will give you quite a fright when you open your next power bill.
2. Protect Your HVAC Unit
Along the same lines as our previous point, we absolutely encourage you to decorate the yard for Halloween. Go all out. In fact, invite us over! But, whatever you do, do not get your HVAC unit involved in the shenanigans. The risk of damaging your equipment or worse is way more terrifying than anything you have in mind. Not only could covering your HVAC unit limit your system's performance abilities but if any spooky decor falls from the trees or becomes lodged inside your HVAC unit, it could cause the system to break.
While we're currently expecting a pleasant evening for Halloween night, no one wants to come home to a cold house because your HVAC system is down due to a Halloween snafu, especially when the entire incident could have been prevented.
3. Watch the Door
Think about how you're going to hand out candy on Halloween night (if that's even a thing this year with the coronavirus in play). Traditionally, kids come up to the door, ring the doorbell, and as someone opens the door with a look of amazement and wonder to see what kind of princess, astronaut, or goblin is standing on their doorstep, the kids yell "trick or treat!" While that process seems all fine and dandy, each time you open your door, conditioned air escapes your house and makes your HVAC system work harder to keep your home heated (or cooled).
Rather than wait for those trick-or-treaters to ring the doorbell, why not just sit on your front porch/stoop/driveway and throw candy at them instead (social distancing, of course).
4. Avoid real candles
We'll repeat this sentiment when we discuss holiday decor, but if we're going to talk about Halloween safety, we should discuss candles. Candles are often placed throughout (inside and out) a home to create an eerie effect. However, dripping wax or an overturned candle can cause major problems not only for your HVAC system but could potentially cause a fire.
We suggest using battery-operated candles or a flashlight in place of real candles. Not only are they a safer option, but you can reuse them next year!
5. Always Use Safety-Approved Equipment
While you're in the spirit of decorating for Halloween, be sure not to skimp on using proper safety-approved equipment, especially if you have a need for drop-cords as part of your display. Your home's safety is crucial staying safe this Halloween and throughout the holiday season, so if you're going to go through the trouble of creating a social distancing friendly trip around the block, also use the right safety equipment as part of your decor.
If you want to know more about staying safe and keeping your HVAC system working without fright, give Choice HVAC a call at 919-435-2711.