Tips to Help You Prepare Your Home and HVAC System for Winter Storms

Tips to Help You Prepare Your Home and HVAC System for Winter Storms

March 12, 2019

It may be March now, but as you know if you’ve been a resident of Michigan (or the Midwest in general) for long enough, that definitely does not mean we’re out of the woods yet with regard to big winter snowstorms. For this reason, it’s still important to make sure you’re fully prepared around the home for winter’s last gasps, especially to ensure your HVAC system continues operating when the weather gets bad and you’re stuck at home. Needing new furnace installation in Taylor, MI in the dead of winter is no one’s idea of a good time!

With this in mind, here are some tips to ensure your HVAC system continues operating efficiently and you can avoid emergency furnace repair in Taylor, MI:

  • Keep the exhaust pipes clear:
    When the snow starts falling, go around your house and make sure any exhaust pipes exiting it are completely clear of snow and ice. This will help your HVAC system continue to operate more efficiently.
  • Insulate your pipes:
    The last issue you want to deal with during a cold spell is frozen pipes. As pipes freeze, the water inside of them will expand, which could result in the pipe bursting and causing some catastrophic water damage in your home. Insulating your pipes is a good way to protect them against the extreme cold. If you do have any pipes that end up freezing and bursting, you should shut off the water to those pipes immediately and drain them out, leaving the faucets opened until you’re able to repair the pipes.
  • Stock up on generator fuel:
    If you have an emergency generator to serve as a backup in emergency situations, make sure you’ve got enough fuel on hand to be able to last you for several days in case you have a power outage.
  • Clear snow and ice away from external units:
    You may have some external units for your HVAC located outside. If so, make sure you try your best to keep snow and ice from building up around them. This will make it easier for you to keep your home warm, and can also prevent you from having to make some very expensive repairs. This is especially important when the snow is wet and heavy, as this type of snow is more likely to restrict airflow and thus cause failures in heat pumps and condensing units. Snow and ice buildup can also prevent proper defrosting, making your equipment less efficient and potentially reducing its lifespan.
  • Turn off outdoor water lines:
    This is something you should have done before the first frost, so hopefully it’s not still on your to-do list now as spring is getting ready to dawn, but make sure to turn off the water lines to any exterior spigots or hoses.

These are just a few tips that will help you prepare your home and your HVAC system for potential winter storms. For more information, we encourage you to contact the team at Kaltec Heating & Cooling to discuss furnace installation and boiler replacement in Taylor, MI. We look forward to working with you soon!

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