Don’t get caught in the cold this winter! Heating systems break down, the power goes out, and roads get blocked due to inclement weather. This is why we stress the importance of winter HVAC preparedness. Staying prepared for any winter HVAC issues that might come your way is often overlooked. A little bit of preparation goes a long way when it comes to emergency HVAC preparation. So, follow these expert tips from Five Star Heating & Cooling Cincinnati to prepare for whatever HVAC emergency may come up in the winter months.
WHAT BACKUP PLAN CAN YOU PUT IN PLACE?
- Invest in a generator to keep the power on during outages.
- Portable heaters can be a helpful backup, but make sure to follow safety guidelines.
- Stock up on extra blankets for added warmth in case of emergencies.
- Keep your windows insulated with blankets or towels in freezing temperatures.
- Have an emergency stockpile of firewood set aside for your fireplace.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO MAXIMIZE YOUR HVAC SYSTEM’S ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN THE COLD WEATHER?
Keep those outside vents clear and unblocked. Snow and ice can cause problems with your HVAC system. So, make sure to check and clear your vents of snow and ice buildup throughout snowy periods of time. If you spot ice or snow building up on your vents, gently sweep it away. Keep in mind, checking your vents while you’re outside shoveling is a great way to stay on top of things so they don’t get forgotten in the process.
Don’t let a little snow mess with your gas flow! If you have a gas meter, it’s important to make sure snow and ice are allowed to build up on top of the gas meter. Don’t use heavy objects or snow blowers, as this can cause damage. Instead, use a brush or broom to gently sweep away excess snow. You can also include this step in your regular snow maintenance routine to stay on top of it.
If you have an outdoor heat pump, make sure to check for snow accumulation regularly, as this can cause your unit to stop working when you need it most. Most models have a defrost feature, but it’s still a good idea to verify that your unit is clear of snow accumulation. In addition, to ensure proper drainage when the snow melts, you may also clear underneath and the surrounding area of the unit. And make sure nothing is obstructing the airflow around your heat pump.
It is important to have a plan in place in the event of a winter HVAC emergency and during extremely cold weather. By being prepared, you can minimize the impact of a heating system failure and ensure that you and your family are able to remain comfortable while waiting for power to be restored or for professional assistance to arrive. Taking the time to familiarize yourself with emergency protocols and procedures can help ensure that you are able to effectively manage any potential disruptions to your heating system during the winter season.
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