Feb 1, 2023 | Emergency Plan, Backup Plan, Cold Weather, Efficiency, Fireplace, Furnace, Gas Meter, Generator, Heat Pumps, Heating System, Insulate, Lighter, Outdoor, Portable Heater

Winter HVAC emergencies are unpredictable, and it’s essential to be ready for any HVAC system-related emergency. We understand that inclement weather can cause blocked roads or power outages at any time; even a furnace can malfunction out of nowhere. Therefore, it’s important to plan ahead and beat the odds so you can be prepared for any HVAC emergency throughout the remainder of the winter. At Lewis Center-Powell Heating & Air, we guarantee 24/7 availability all year round! With our emergency services and us on your side, you can have confidence that we will be at your side as soon as we are able to, but in the meantime, here are a few helpful tips and tricks to keep warm. 

Are You Prepared to Tackle Any HVAC Emergencies This Winter?     

As the winter chill starts to set in, be sure to take steps now and develop a backup plan that will keep your home warm while you wait for assistance to arrive or the power to come back on. By doing so, you’ll ensure no surprises related to temperature arise when it really matters, which will ultimately give you peace of mind ahead of time! 

  1. Your Outdoor Vents: In frigid weather, to keep your HVAC system performing at its peak efficiency and avoid potential energy expenses, you must make sure the exterior vents outside are unobstructed. Inspect the external grilles on the vents during snowy periods. It’s vital that snow or ice blockage is removed so as to keep your HVAC system running at its highest efficiency. To guarantee easy maintenance of these areas, incorporate vent-clearing into your shoveling regimen so that they don’t get forgotten in the process. 
  1. Your Indoor Vents: For further optimal performance during harsh weather, make sure to keep indoor vents free from obstruction as well. This guarantees maximum airflow for a comfortable home, making all that warm air available for you and your family to enjoy. So, make sure nothing is left in front of or over your vents, and make sure they are all left in the open position as well. 
  1. Your Gas Meter: It is imperative to be aware of the positioning of your gas meter outside. Wintertime may present more danger since meters might become concealed under snow, and if you suddenly need to know where it is or need access to it, but it is covered in snow, this will result in unnecessary stress that could’ve been avoided by planning ahead. Take necessary precautions before the next snowfall and familiarize yourself with your gas meter’s location. Furthermore, while shoveling or salting your paths and driveway, it would be a good idea to make it a habit to inspect your gas meter too! If you find your gas meter encased in snow or ice buildup, use a soft-bristled broom to gently clear it off.  
  1. Your Fireplace: If you have a fireplace in your home, this can be an absolute savior during unexpected power outages or if your furnace stops working. To ensure you’re ready for such scenarios, it’s wise to stockpile an emergency supply of firewood. Having an ample supply of firewood on hand can prove invaluable in times of emergency. Nobody wants to be stuck out in the cold, trying to obtain more firewood. So, make sure your stockpile is always well-stocked and ready! Make it an essential part of your prepping plan; you’ll thank yourself later! 
  1. A Generator: A generator is a great backup solution in terms of winter HVAC preparedness. So, if this is an option that is available to you, we highly recommend looking into getting one for your home for times such as this. 
  1. Portable Heaters: Portable heaters are a fantastic element to add to your winter HVAC emergency backup plan. Although it may not seem necessary now, having a couple on hand will be invaluable in case of any furnace malfunctions. The good news is that there is a wide range of options available to choose from. So, you should easily be able to find an option that works best for your budget and needs. 
  1. Your Doors: As temperatures drop during the winter season, it is of utmost importance to be mindful when opening external doors – especially if you are caught in an outage and need to reserve whatever heat is available in the meantime.  
  1. Your Windows: You should also close your window coverings and blinds for an extra level of insulation. And if you are stuck for a prolonged period of time, try using blankets or towels draped over the windows to act as another barrier of insulation.  
  1. Your Blankets: Need some ideas on what to do with all those additional blankets you have in the house? Try storing them in one designated space – like a basket, tote, or closet. When you do this, you will find having them tucked away and easily accessible for emergency use will be beneficial in your time of need. 

Don’t let Old Man Winter take you by surprise. Take control of the season today, and be prepared for whatever this winter may bring! Call Lewis Center-Powell Heating & Air for all your HVAC needs at (614) 490-7530, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here