Christmas Trees and Your HVAC System

Christmas season is in full swing. Before you begin decking the halls in your home, take a look at these Holiday tips:

  1. Pick the safest spot for your tree

Make sure your tree isn’t placed too close to a vent or other heating source. This presents a potential fire hazard making for a not-so-Merry Christmas.

  1. Real Tree or Artificial?

If you’re bringing home a real tree, make sure that it stays hydrated. Do the “Needle Test” before you bring it home. Needles should be flexible but not break. You should also be able to run your hands along the branch without needles falling off. If you’ve got an artificial tree, be sure to dust it off before putting it up. Artificial trees that have been stored over a humid summer can develop mold causing poor indoor air quality.

  1. Get a Fresh Air Filter

It’s important to change your air filter all year-round but especially around the holidays. Change your filter before you decorate and check it weekly as long as your decorations are up.

  1. Keep an Eye on Your Temperature

If you have indoor plants or a real Christmas Tree, turning up the heat can dry them out.This causes leaves and needles to fall and go right into your vents affecting your Indoor Air Quality. Instead of constantly touching the thermostat, warm up by the fireplace or by baking some cookies for Santa.

  1. Get a Tune-up

If you missed an Autumn tune-up, it’s not too late! Make sure your home is holiday-ready by calling Comfort Air at 912-927-7000. 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Larry & Sandra White