Ohio is no stranger to difficult weather patterns, including winter storms. This year, don’t let the inevitable storms catch you off-guard. Taking a few preventive measures can help save you from a winter weather emergency situation that could cost a lot of money and cause a major headache. According to the heating and air conditioning experts at Allied Services, Inc., here are some easy steps you can take to prepare your furnace for a winter storm.
Do It Yourself
- Heat your home as much as possible prior to a storm.
- Unplug and remove window units prior to a storm.
- Keep exhaust pipes and vents clear of debris.
- Clean dirt and debris from your backyard to prevent it from blowing inside your HVAC unit, which can damage circuitry. Keep the area clear of items such as garden tools and outdoor furniture.
Call in the Pros
- Hire a contractor to check the structural ability of the roof to sustain unusually heavy weight from the accumulation of snow – or water, if drains on flat roofs malfunction.
- Talk to an HVAC technician about installing your AC unit in an elevated position if flooding is a concern.
- Talk to an electrician about surge protection. A whole house surge protector can prevent your electronic appliances from the next lightning strike or downed power line.
- Speak to a professional about placing protective covers over outdoor air conditioning units. Don’t just use a standard tarp, as moisture can accumulate under the covering. Tarps are also attractive to animals seeking shelter. If you’re in a pinch for time, use a tight canvas cover.
- Set up furnace tune-up appointment with your trusted friends at Allied Services.
If the heat goes out in your home, here are a few things you can do to stay warm until your furnace can be fixed.
- Space heaters are a temporary fix to warm up small sections of your home. Be sure to use electric space heaters with automatic shut-off switches and non-glowing elements. Remember to keep all heat sources at least three feet away from furniture and drapes.
- Have a backup heat source in case the power goes out.
- Stock up on extra blankets, sleeping bags, and warm winter coats.
- If you have a fireplace or wood-burning stove, make sure you are prepared with plenty of dry firewood.
In the event of an HVAC emergency during a snow storm or to schedule preventative maintenance, call Allied Services, Inc. at (937) 269-5059 for fast and reliable service. We proudly serve Dayton, OH, and the surrounding areas.