Preparing your HVAC unit for a snowstorm can make a difference in whether it survives or breaks. Make sure it has a clean air filter, and schedule an inspection if you haven’t had one in a while. You should also check the vents and the thermostat, and have a backup plan.
Inspect the System
You should schedule maintenance for your HVAC unit twice a year. If it’s been more than a year since your last heating tune-up, you should hire an HVAC company to inspect and tune the system.
Professional maintenance will alert you to any problems that could get worse because of the snowstorm. By making these minor repairs before the storm, you could save yourself a major repair bill. Logan's Heating & Cooling is a licensed and insured heating company in Clinton, MO, that you can trust for a tune-up.
Check the Vents
Without you realizing it, some of your vents may have become blocked by clothing, furniture, boxes or other objects. When too many of the vents are closed or blocked, it harms your HVAC system. Your system works harder in an attempt to warm your home. When you have a snowstorm come through, this adds additional strain to your system.
Check the Thermostat
Thermostats go bad sometimes too. They may be in need of a battery change or complete replacement. The average thermostat lasts 10 years. To check your thermostat, you should use a thermometer to read the temperature in each room of your home to see if it matches the home’s thermostat reading. If it’s way off, then something needs to be fixed with the thermostat. You should also make sure the thermostat is in a good location where it’s not subject to heat, cold or sunlight.
Have a Backup Plan
A snowstorm could knock out the power, so you should prepare to keep yourself safe if this happens. Traveling on the roads during and after a snowstorm is dangerous, so you want to avoid that whenever possible. A backup generator that’s powerful enough to power your heating system is an ideal item to have on hand. Even if you have a generator, you should have warm clothes and other safety items in case the generator breaks or doesn’t work.
Logan's Heating & Cooling is A+ rated with the Better Business Bureau, so you can trust us for quality service. Our company is also a Lennox Premier Dealer. In addition to heating services, we offer air conditioning services, indoor air quality services, electrical work, boiler installations, plumbing maintenance and plumbing installation. Contact us for more information.