Tips to Prepare Your HVAC Unit for a Snowstorm - Ernst Heating & Cooling

Tips to Prepare Your HVAC Unit for a Snowstorm

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Hamel averages about a foot of snow annually, but nothing prevents Mother Nature from trying to be better than average. Take steps now to ensure your HVAC isn’t under the weather when a snowstorm roars into town. Remember, Ernst Heating & Cooling is here to help you prepare for the white stuff.

Schedule a maintenance check

Ideally, you’re already taking advantage of the Ernst Comfort Plan and schedule regular maintenance on your home comfort system. If not, now is an excellent time to have a service check and identify potential problems before they cause your furnace to fail during a winter wonderland.

How’s your insulation?

Most people underestimate the amount of insulation in their homes and the different ways cold air can seep inside. Not only is a drafty house uncomfortable, but it also forces your heating system to work harder to fend off the chill. Now, take a few hours to seal windows, doors, and other openings.

Check your furnace filter

When temperatures drop, your furnace has to work harder to pump warmth throughout the home. Cold air outside keeps your HVAC system running overtime, which means your furnace filter may become dirtier faster. You may need to change it more frequently in winter than at the regularly scheduled interval. Give it a break by installing a new, clean filter that’s ready to catch any dust and debris floating in the air.

Feel free to vent

Are your kids (or you) guilty of throwing clothes and towels on the floor near the heater vents? You’re not helping your home or your HVAC system when you do this. Instead of warming the dirty clothes, keep the vent areas clear so heat can circulate freely through bedrooms and the other regions of the home.

Consider a generator

Ernst Heating & Cooling offers 24/7/365 emergency repair services if your furnace gives up during a snowstorm. But even your favorite HVAC company can’t control power outages that often occur during severe weather. An emergency generator is a wise investment against power outages and will keep you warm until the lights come back on.

Whatever the forecast, take steps now to prepare your home and heating unit for any bad weather. Remember, Ernst Heating & Cooling is your heating and cooling expert in Metro-East Illinois. Reach out now to schedule service or call us at 618.217.1836.

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