Old Man Winter is here to stay in Ohio for a couple more months. Unfortunately, he doesn’t care if winter HVAC emergencies inconvenience us. But we can’t let that stop us! So, don’t let him catch you off guard – be prepared with a backup plan in case you’re snowed in, your furnace goes out, or the power goes out altogether. Clayton-Englewood Heating & Cooling has got you covered with these tips and tricks to direct you in your emergency prep to help keep you and your family warm no matter what the weather throws in your direction.
WHAT ARE SOME GOOD BACKUP IDEAS FOR WINTER HVAC EMERGENCIES?
Don’t wait for an enormous snowstorm to hit. Instead, be proactive now by investing in a backup generator. This will provide backup power for your HVAC system and other essential appliances and devices in your home.
Another great option is to invest in some portable heaters. Luckily, there is a vast range of options to choose from. And as a plus, they come in all price ranges. Just make sure you never leave a portable heater unattended for long durations of time.
In addition, if you are the lucky owner of a fireplace in your home, stockpiling some emergency firewood and fire starters is a smart idea. Keeping a stockpile tucked away for the sole purpose of emergency use is a fantastic idea so that emergency supplies are always ready when you need them. Next, if you have an abundance of extra blankets in your home, don’t get rid of them! Instead, keep some extra blankets tucked away for easy access. Having them stored away in one place is optimal, so they are readily available. In dire situations, additional blankets to cuddle up in and have to hang over windows (to provide extra insulation) will be majorly beneficial. Lastly, in the event your power goes out, don’t forget to close all your blinds and window coverings – it’ll help insulate your home and keep that warm air inside.
WHAT ARE SOME HELPFUL WAYS TO OPTIMIZE THE EXISTING HEAT IN YOUR HOME?
Even if the power doesn’t go out, you can still maximize the heat in your home by making sure all your indoor vents are open and unobstructed. In fact, your vents should never really remain closed as this confuses your HVAC system and may cause it to start cycling. Furthermore, go ahead and check to confirm that no furniture or objects are blocking the airflow of the vents.
Your power does not have to be out for your blinds and window coverings to be closed. Closing your blinds and window treatments on extra cold days will provide an extra barrier, keeping the warmth from creeping outdoors.
WHAT ARE SOME THINGS YOU CAN INCLUDE IN YOUR SNOW SHOVELING ROUTINE?
The Heat Pump: During harsh weather, if you have an outdoor heat pump, make it a habit to check it occasionally to ensure no snow or ice has accumulated on top of your heat pump. If buildup has occurred, brush it off gently with a brush or broom.
The Outdoor Vents: Don’t forget about your outdoor vents. Although these vents run along the exterior of your home, they also need a little attention. So, when shoveling or snow-blowing the driveway, you should include your outdoor vents in your normal routine. You can brush off any built-up snow or ice carefully with a broom.
The Gas Meter: While you’re out checking your exterior vents and heat pump, it would be good to check your gas meter too. Clear away any snow or ice with a brush or broom. Just be gentle and avoid heavy objects that could damage the meter (i.e., shovels and snowblowers). If you notice any issues with your gas meter, shut off the gas supply and call a service professional if necessary.
By following these tips, you can stay warm and safe during winter HVAC emergencies. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to the professionals at Clayton-Englewood Heating & Cooling for assistance.
You can reach your Clayton-Englewood Heating & Cooling experts at (937) 412-2911 or schedule an appointment online by clicking here!