In terms of winter preparedness, would you say your home is prepared in case a winter emergency occurs? Knowing what to do during a snowstorm to maximize your furnace’s energy efficiency is valuable information we think every Ohioan homeowner should know! Plus, staying proactive with a backup plan will be most beneficial to you in your time of need. Emergencies are inevitable, and although we wish you a cozy rest of the season, staying ready is always the smart route. Don’t wait to be snowed in first, leaving you with no backup options. You can prepare now with these tips and tricks from your Beavercreek Heating & Cooling family.
HOW CAN YOU MANAGE YOUR INDOOR VENTS?
Closed or covered vents will restrict airflow. So, during the time when you will need heat the most (such as snowstorms, etc.), it’s essential to double-check and make sure all your vents are left open and have no objects or furniture covering them. The last thing you want is the warm air that is supposed to be flowing throughout your home, left cycling within your ductwork, ultimately confusing your HVAC system.
HOW CAN YOU MANAGE YOUR OUTDOOR VENTS?
When caught in the middle of frigid weather, your house’s exterior vents are also important to maintain. Therefore, if possible, you should keep your outdoor vents clear of snow buildup and ice. Do this by including the exterior vents in your normal snow shoveling or snow-blowing process. An outdoor broom would suffice to brush off any snow or buildup carefully.
HOW CAN YOU MAINTAIN YOUR GAS METER?
Next, you don’t want to forget about your gas meter. If your system uses natural gas and you have a gas meter, you also want to keep this component clear of ice and snow buildup. However, it’s crucial that you do so gently – never hit or kick the meter vigorously or with a heavy object. Bear in mind, a snow blower is probably also not the best option either. Instead, use a brush or a broom to gently sweep off the excess snow. Furthermore, this is another step we recommend simply adding to your regular snow shoveling or snow-blowing routine.
HOW CAN YOU CHECK ON YOUR HEAT PUMP?
If you have a heat pump outdoors, keep in mind that during prolonged snowstorms, it would be a good idea to check that snow buildup has not collected on top of the unit. You can accomplish this by clearing any snow off the top and side of the unit. You can also clear the surrounding area underneath to enable proper drainage for the snow to melt later on. Remember, excess snow can reduce your heat pump’s efficiency and could potentially cause damage in the long run.
HOW CAN YOU CONSTRUCT A BACKUP PLAN FOR HEAT IF THE POWER GOES OUT?
- Generator – Having a backup generator is never a bad idea, so if the power goes out, you still have access to any necessary electrical equipment.
- Portable Heater – Keeping a couple of portable heaters on hand is another great tip. Just be sure that they are not left unattended for long periods when they are in use.
- Fireplace – If your home has a fireplace, keep an emergency stockpile of wood and fire starters on hand. (Lighter and matches are also wise to keep in supply as well.)
- Extra Blankets – Don’t know what to do with all the extra blankets you have lying around? No problem! Gather them up and place them in an emergency tote to grab for emergencies such as these.
- Window Coverings – Make sure you close all your blinds and window coverings. Drawing your window treatments together can provide a little extra assistance with insulation. Doing so keeps the warm air in. If you’d like, you may provide additional insulation layers by putting blankets or towels across the windows.
- Exterior Doors – Refrain from closing and opening your exterior doors. You want to keep the warm air inside your home as much as possible!
Don’t get caught in the cold this winter! Stay ready and be prepared with these tips from your local heating and cooling professionals. You can trust Beavercreek Heating & Cooling for all your HVAC needs this season and throughout the year! So, call today at (937) 708-8527, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!