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HVAC Safety for Halloween Decorations

by VitalStorm Content on October 18, 2018

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While you carve pumpkins and watch Hocus Pocus on repeat this October, the only time your HVAC system crosses your mind is probably when you adjust the thermostat. But sometimes Halloween decorations can be scarier for your ductwork or vents than they are for the trick-or-treaters!

To keep your HVAC working properly this fall, you should keep a few decorating rules in mind. Here is your guide to HVAC safety for Halloween decorations from your friends at Blue Flame.

1. Keep vents clear.

Vents and registers need unrestricted airflow year-round to ensure your HVAC system can operate efficiently. If furniture, paper signs, cloth, or any other decorations block your vents, they will not be able to properly take in or expel air to keep your home toasty warm from the crisp fall air. Keep decorations off of air vents whether they are on the floor, wall, or ceiling.

2. Change filters after fake webs.

Fake webs are a go-to Halloween decoration favorite because they are low-cost and easy to use indoors and outdoors. However, synthetic cobwebs shed fibers that will build up inside your air ducts and filter over time. If these fibers clog up your air filter, it can keep your HVAC from working at peak efficiency. It can also allow dust and other airborne particles to collect in your ductwork and wind up on your furniture.

Normally you should change your filter every 90 days to keep your air clear and your HVAC unit happy. But if you use fake webs in your Halloween decorations at all this year, we recommend replacing your filter as soon as you take them down.

3. Place your candles carefully.

The smell of pumpkins or fall leaves can perfectly set the mood for a Halloween party. But make sure you pay attention to where you are placing those candles. Do not allow open flames of any kind near your furnace. Keep candles away from your air vents to help prevent soot from building up inside the ducts or settling around your house. If you are using unscented candles as lighting or decorations, consider replacing them with flickering LED tea lights instead.

4. Avoid placing outdoor décor near your unit.

Outdoor decorations can pose risks to your HVAC unit if you place them too close together. Give your unit four to six feet of clearance from tombstones, inflatable pumpkins, spooky skeletons or any of the fun Halloween decorations in your yard. Do not attach any hanging decorations or lights to the sides of your unit. If anything gets sucked inside, it can mess with your HVAC unit’s efficiency and airflow.

Keep HVAC safety for Halloween decorations in mind this year.

As you cover your home with creepy fun from head to toe this October, remember to leave your HVAC system out of the decorating frenzy. If you need to schedule fall maintenance on your unit before winter arrives, give us a call today.

At Blue Flame, we are committed to an exceptional and eco-friendly experience every time you use our heating, air conditioning, and electrical services. Call us at (206) 388-5667 and speak to a member of our team.