The Holidays Are Here! Now What?

This holiday season is all about spending time with family and friends and celebrating new beginnings. Unfortunately, when the holidays end and the new year begins putting decorations away always seem to be put on the back burner (yes, we are looking at you).

As quick as holidays come they end just as fast, so being prepared for the post-holiday cleanup is not a bad way to end the celebrations. Kick off the new year with an early resolution by taking down holiday lights, trees, and decor before Valentine’s Day.

We know it can be stressful, so that’s why we put together some helpful tips to get it done quickly and safely. Once the job is done you can focus on making 2019 the best year yet.

Lights

Holiday Decoration

Winter holidays have many traditions, like “out decorating” your neighbors or drinking too much eggnog at your brother’s house. However, the festivities need to end when the holidays end. Taking your lights down after the holidays, by January 6th per tradition, will help you avoid glaring stares from neighbors and keep your home and family safe at the same time.

Light decorations are tested as temporary lighting, so your lights should not stay out longer than 90 days or you may run into some trouble. If the lights are left out until summer, animals and the extreme heat can damage the wiring. This can be very dangerous when you try to use them again.

If you are planning on heading out of town to celebrate the new year be sure to take your lights down before you go. You don’t want to give away the fact that you aren’t there to take them down by the 6th.
When taking down the lights keep an eye out for any damaged or broken wires to avoid trouble next year. Wrap the good lights loosely around cardboard (or anything laying around the house) and keep them in a dry place. Your lights and your neighbors will thank you all year long.

Tree Removal

Christmas Tree

Let’s be honest, as much as decorating Christmas trees are fun and beautiful they can get in the way and disturb the natural flow of the house. A tree usually only lasts around 4 weeks, even when it is well-watered, which means needles will start to fall and cause even more of a mess not to mention the fact that it becomes a fire hazard when dry.

The first question you should ask before removing your tree is whether your city has restrictions for throwing them out or if there are scheduled tree pickup dates. For safety reasons burning your tree in your fireplace is not recommended. The dry needles are very combustible and the fire can get out of control quickly.

Once you know where to dispose of your tree, the next task is getting it out of the house. A sheet, turkey baster, and a rubber broom will be your best friend during this process. First, remove water using the turkey baster from the tree stand. Second, lay the tree on its side on top of the sheet. Now you can easily begin to drag or carry the tree to its destination outside with less cleanup. Once the tree is out, a rubber broom can effectively sweep up all the leftover pine needles that inevitably fell. Just like magic, your tree is now out of sight and out of mind until the next year.

Happy Holidays and A Happy New Year

The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, but once the moment is over, being proactive about cleaning up will get you in the right mindset for the new year. We hope you find these tips useful and we wish you all a wonderful holiday season and a productive new year. See you in 2019!

-Jonny On It

Is Your HVAC Ready for Winter?

Being prepared for winter is more than just pulling out warm hats and heavy coats. Having an unreliable heating system can drastically change your winter season. No one wants to be stuck in the cold waiting for their heater to be fixed, so preparing your HVAC system is crucial during this time of year.

Warm and Cozy

Yearly maintenance from professionals and being aware of the equipment can help maintain a healthy HVAC system this winter and beyond. To stay cozy and warm this season we’ve put together necessary tips to consider when it comes to your comfort.

“Annual HVAC system maintenance is recommended once in the spring for your cooling equipment and again in the fall for your heating system. If you have a heat pump, the combined heating/cooling system should receive maintenance twice a year.” – Dino Dividu of Aaron Services

Regular HVAC Tune-Ups

HVAC tools

The best way to give your HVAC system a fighting chance is yearly appointments. Issues with your equipment can be fixed with regular preventive maintenance even before winter comes. We suggest hiring a specialist about two times a year to give your system a quick look over. These quick tune-ups on your system can also increase the lifespan of your equipment. Looking for an HVAC professional this winter season? Jonny On It has you covered, use our app to get connected to a trusted HVAC specialist before it’s too late!

Things You Can Do

Jonny's checklist

Keeping an HVAC system running smoothly can be as simple as being aware of noises and replacing air filters. Here are some things you can do before, during, and after the winter season.

  • Replace air filters at least once every three months. A dirty filter can cause your system to work harder, which slows down the efficiency.
  • Watch for moisture on your windows or a dirty, rusty vent pipe. This can indicate that there are problems with your equipment.
  • Be aware of unusual sounds, like banging or rattling. Loud noises typically mean there’s an issue with your system that needs addressing.
  • Test your HVAC system throughout the year to make sure it is working properly. Turn the heat on before winter. If it never reaches the preferred temperature or takes a long time, there may be a problem.

Give your HVAC the gift of a quick refresh this holiday season and throughout the year to avoid problems in the future. It may feel like winter has come early this year, so remember these tips to keep your equipment in shape.

Stay warm friends!
– Jonny