Preparing Your Heating System for a Snowstorm
Winter is almost upon us and with it, the threat of extreme weather. Before it arrives, take some time to make sure your home’s heating system is in top working order. Border Sheet Metal & Heating in Hayden, IL has put together a list of some simple steps you can take to prevent any unpleasant surprises when a snowstorm hits.
Check the Furnace Filter
Your furnaces filter is the unsung hero of your home’s heating system. Many HVAC issues can be resolved — or prevented altogether — by regularly checking the air filter and replacing it when necessary. This should be done prior to the onset of the cold weather season and at least once midway through the season. During extreme weather, when your furnace is being used more than usual, it’s a good idea to check the filter every three months.
Ensure That Vents Are Unobstructed
The warm air generated by your furnace enters and heats your home through the air vents located throughout your house. In order for the maximum amount of heat to be able to reach each room, inspect the rooms to make sure that air vents aren’t blocked by furniture, boxes, etc. Obstructed air vents not only prevent your home from being adequately heated, but they can also lead to serious problems with your HVAC system.
Make Sure the Heat Pump Is Clear
The heat pump is responsible for transferring the heat generated by your furnace into your home. During a snowstorm, the heat pump can become clogged by snow on the ground. This can interfere with warm air being carried into your home. It is important to check and make sure your heat pump isn’t being blocked by snow or other debris.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat allows you to set and regulate the temperature in your home. It can be programmed to adjust the temperature during specific hours, such as warming your home a bit more during times when everyone is at home and active, and lowering the temperatures at night when everyone is warm and cozy in bed.
Invest in a Backup Generator
No matter how prepared you may be, there’s always a chance that your heating system will experience an unforeseen problem when a snowstorm hits. If power is lost altogether, you will want to have a backup generator on hand. This will make it possible to keep your heating system operational until the main power supply is up and running again.
Keep Emergency HVAC Help Information Handy
In case of an unexpected HVAC emergency during a snowstorm (or any other inclement weather), make sure you have the phone number of a reliable 24-hour HVAC service in Hayden on hand. Border Sheet Metal & Heating is always ready to respond quickly to assist our customers around the clock. We’re the only HVAC service you’ll need for maintenance, repair, and installation of your home’s furnace and A/C systems.