Many things can go wrong in winter, such as heating system failures or power outages, or even road blockages due to inclement weather. When situations like these arise, they can leave us feeling helpless and vulnerable. To alleviate stress, it is a good idea to be prepared and take steps to address any HVAC winter emergencies BEFORE they happen. Acting ahead is the key step in being prepared. With these tips, Five Star Heating & Cooling Group can help ensure that your home stays as warm as possible during adverse weather while you wait for your power to come back on or for professional assistance to arrive.
WHAT ARE SOME BACKUP PLAN IDEAS YOU CAN PROACTIVELY put in place NOW?
- A Generator: To be prepared for power outages, consider investing in a generator as a backup power source. If this is an option that is a possibility for you, it will prove significantly beneficial in your time of need.
- A Portable Heater: Portable heaters can also provide warmth during HVAC emergencies. If your furnace has gone out and you are waiting for a service professional to arrive, you won’t regret having a couple on hand to use in the meantime. As a bonus, portable heaters come in a variety of different models, so it shouldn’t be difficult finding one that best fits your budget and needs.
- An Extra Blanket Supply: Extra blankets are always a good thing to have a supply of. So, if you have extra blankets that you don’t use frequently, try gathering them and storing them away in a designated space. Having them tucked away in one place will make it that much easier for you to grab and use if a situation presented itself. Furthermore, in dire situations when you are without heat, using blankets to drape over windows can help in retaining heat in your home. It will act as an extra barrier of insulation against the cold.
- A Stockpile of Firewood: If you happen to own a fireplace in your home, it is also a good idea to have an emergency stockpile of firewood set aside solely for the purpose of emergencies. We suggest this because, in times of outages or snowstorms, the last thing you need to do is run out to the store trying to find firewood for your home. Having a designated emergency supply is a fantastic backup solution that will give you better peace of mind, knowing your home is prepared for anything the winter weather has to throw your way.
WHAT ARE SOME TIPS TO OPTIMIZE YOUR HVAC SYSTEM’S EFFICIENCY IN INCLEMENT WEATHER?
It is essential to keep exterior vents clear of snow and ice buildup. Snow and ice can block vents and hinder the proper functioning of your HVAC system, so it is recommended to check and remove any build-up gently by utilizing a broom or brush. You can incorporate the task of checking on your exterior vents into your regular snow shoveling routine so that they don’t get skimmed over.
To maintain the proper flow of gas to your home, it is also beneficial to carefully remove ice and snow from your gas meter. Just keep in mind that using heavy objects or snow blowers can damage the meter, so it is best to use a brush or broom to gently sweep away excess snow. As part of your regular snow maintenance routine, be sure to also include this step to ensure the proper functioning of your gas meter.
If you have an outdoor heat pump, you don’t want to forget about this component, either. Snow can cause the heat pump to malfunction when you need it most, so be sure to clear the top, sides, underneath, and surrounding area of the unit to ensure proper drainage when the snow melts.
Planning ahead can reduce stress and help you handle potential HVAC emergencies in a calm and efficient manner. Just don’t forget that Five Star Heating & Cooling Group is here to help you with all your HVAC needs. We are proud to say that we remain open 24/7, 265 days a year. So, you can rely on us for any HVAC emergencies you may experience. Reach us at (614) 490-7550, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!