You’ve decorated your home and stocked up on treats for the kids in the neighborhood, but are you truly ready for Halloween? Something you might not be aware of: there are spooky problems lurking in your HVAC system can lead to a frightful expense! Here are three HVAC scares to be wary of this Halloween.
A silent killer, carbon monoxide (CO) is an colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas that is fatal when inhaled in sufficient quantities. It’s the product of incomplete combustion, which occurs when an appliance, chimney flue, or furnace malfunctions.
Symptoms of CO poisoning include nausea, dizziness, sleepiness, confusion, and severe headaches. Protect your family and pets against this deadly gas by installing carbon monoxide detectors at key points in your home. A simple way is to upgrade your existing smoke detectors to 2-in-1 combination CO and smoke-detecting units.
Blocked vents and ducts
Your HVAC system requires proper airflow to distribute clean, filtered air throughout your home. When its vents and ducts are obstructed, your system has to work harder to force the impeded airflow, impacting your heating and cooling efficiency and costing you money.
Changing your air filters regularly will keep air flowing through your HVAC system. Furniture, knick-knacks, and Halloween decor can all block your vents, so be careful where you place objects when decorating.
An overheated thermostat
Causing your thermostat to get too hot can wreak all kinds of havoc on your HVAC system. Consider this: if you’ve installed your thermostat in direct sunlight or near a heat-producing appliance, it’ll read the room’s temperature incorrectly. This will cause issues with your entire HVAC system.
Thermostats must read the room’s temperature accurately in order to make the right adjustments. Keep everything hot – or even warm – away from your thermostat. Electronics, lamps, appliances, curling irons – they’ll all prevent your HVAC system from working like it’s intended to.
Don’t lose sleep over these HVAC nightmares. Call Hey Neighbor Heating & Cooling at 1-844-HEY-NEIGHBOR or conveniently schedule your next HVAC appointment online. We’ll keep the HVAC breakdown boogeyman away and keep your family safe, too!