December is the time of the year when we fill our homes with festive cheer. We blissfully hang some sparkling lights and colorful lanterns, create a snowman, and set up decorative indoor and outdoor Christmas trees. Imagine how festive they will appear. But what’s safe and not when it comes to decorating your home? Check out these holiday decoration do’s and dont’s from Rhino Heating & Air:
Do’s of Holiday Decorations
- Do use oversized bulbs. Make your Christmas bolder and brighter by hanging some colorful, big bulbs on your window frames, stairway banister or mantel.
- Do keep your decorative light’s electrical cords off the ground. Also, make sure they’re not attached to metal gutters to avoid possible hazards.
- Do clear your roof and gutter free of debris before hanging your outdoor decorations.
- Do keep the decorations away from the outdoor HVAC unit. It’s not a good idea to cover your outdoor unit with decorations just to achieve the Christmas feeling in your yard. It is important to note that those tiny decorations can get inside your system and affect its performance.
- Do buy Christmas lights that are tested and verified by the Underwriters Laboratories. Look for UL stickers in the packaging before the purchase to ensure safety.
Don’ts of Holiday Decorations
- Don’t use metal tacks or nails to hold your outdoor lights and electrical strings in place. A plastic clip or insulated tape could be the better option to fasten the wiring and lighting.
- Don’t place the decorations in front or near your vents. Doing this can impede the airflow and performance of your heating system, resulting in higher energy bills.
- Don’t cover your thermostat. Placing some decor in front of it can jeopardize your comfort and savings. It should be exposed so it can accurately display the temperature in your home.
- Don’t let your decorative lights work 24/7. Turn them off when you are away or asleep to prevent fire or electrical hazards.