Mar 6, 2023 | Emergency Plan, Backup Plan, Cold Weather, Energy Efficiency, Fireplace, Firewood, Furnace, Generator, Heating System, Insulate, Lighter, Matches, Portable Heater

Winter weather can bring a range of HVAC emergencies, from power outages to frozen HVAC pipes. We believe that as a homeowner, it’s essential to be prepared and have a backup plan in place for extreme winter weather conditions. So, here are some tips from your professionals at Canal Winchester Heating & Cooling to help you prepare for winter HVAC emergencies:  

Do You Have a Backup Plan in Place to Provide Heat If Needed?   

Consider investing in a generator, a couple of portable heaters, and an emergency stockpile of firewood and fire starters (if you have a fireplace). In addition, it’s never a bad idea to keep extra blankets on hand. It would help if you tucked all the extra blankets that you don’t use regularly away so that if the need arises for you to use them, they are located in one place, making them easy to find.   

If Your Power Has Not Gone Out, What Can You Do to Make Sure That the Existing Heat in Your Home Is Maximized During Extreme Weather Conditions?   

You should make sure all indoor vents are open and unobstructed. Closing or covering your vents will restrict airflow, ultimately confusing your HVAC system and making it harder to keep your home warm. It’s also important to move any furniture or other objects that might be blocking the airflow of your vents.  

Even If Your Power or Heating Have Not Gone Out, You Should Still Maintain the Following:  

  • Keep outdoor vents clear of snow and ice: Excess snow on outdoor vents can reduce the efficiency of your heat pump and potentially cause damage. To combat this, use a broom or brush to gently clear snow from the vents and try to clear a path around the vents to allow for proper drainage.   
  • If you have an outdoor heat pump, it’s also a good idea to clear any snow that may have accumulated on top of the unit to help it run more efficiently. Furthermore, you can add this to your normal routine of snow shoveling. That way, it doesn’t get forgotten in the process.  
  • If your heating system utilizes gas, keeping your gas meter clear of snow and ice would also be a good idea. Do this by clearing snow and ice from the gas meter using a broom or brush. It would be best to stay away from using heavy objects or snow blowers, as these could damage the meter. In addition, you will want to keep a close eye on your gas meter during extremely cold weather. If you notice any issues, shut off the gas supply and call a professional to assess the situation.  

By following these tips, you can be prepared to handle winter HVAC emergencies and keep your home warm and comfortable during the winter season. If you need assistance with any of your HVAC needs, contact your local experts at Canal Winchester Heating & Cooling. We can help you with everything from regular maintenance to emergency repairs, ensuring that your home stays warm and cozy all winter.  

Call Canal Winchester Heating & Cooling today at (614) 524-4737, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here