As the latest winter storm hits the Cincinnati area, we can expect to see a mix of rain, sleet, freezing rain, and snow. We recommend everyone stay updated with the latest weather news before getting back onto the road. Our operations will be limited, with emergency services available.
With freezing temperatures and icy conditions being the biggest threat to our area, we’ve put together a few tips to keep in mind during the winter season.
Tips from our HVAC Technicians:
- Snow and Ice BuildUp: If any of your heating system components, like a furnace exhaust or heat pump, are located outdoors, any type of blockage or build-up can be dangerous and lead to a system shutdown. If you can, keep the area clear. If a blockage happens, turn off your system and call in the experts.
- Clean filters: A dirty or clogged filter makes your heating system work harder, affects indoor air quality, and is less efficient. Change filters regularly so your system doesn't struggle to keep up.
- Heating System Maintenance: No one can expect a neglected heating system to last. However, a properly maintained heating system uses less energy, lasts for years, and saves money by avoiding costly breakdowns. Additionally, regular heater maintenance ensures that your systems are operating safely.
Electrical Safety from Mister Sparky of Cincinnati:
- Never leave your space heater unattended: Give your space heaters room to breathe, keeping them away from combustible sources such as bed coverings and draperies. Also, make sure electrical outlets aren't overloaded with a heater's wattage.
- Functioning Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Heavy reliance on gas furnaces and fireplaces makes it pertinent that smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are operational, up-to-date, and in working order. Set calendar reminders to change batteries.
- Maintenance Check: Severe weather events can cause permanent damage to your electrical system. The most important post-storm reasons to schedule an inspection are if there's been water damage to a wired portion of your home or if tree limbs or other debris brought down power lines on your property.
Plumbing Tips Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Cincinnati:
- Keep the water flowing: Ice crystals can't form in flowing water, so in a pinch, you can keep faucets flowing with a thin stream of water to get you through the coldest hours.
- Be prepared to shut off your main water valve: You should know where this is located and how to turn it off (which may require a wrench or a water key). If your furnace fails or you experience a broken pipe, closing this valve quickly can prevent significant damage.
- Prepare outdoor plumbing: Your outdoor plumbing, like water hoses or appliances, will be the first to bear the brunt of the cold weather. To help prevent this, make sure you drain and disconnect any hoses or the like that might be attached to your outdoor faucets and store them away somewhere safe for the winter. Next, you want to make sure any exposed pipes are fully drained of water that might freeze and expand during low temperatures.
As this storm passes, our team at One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, Mister Sparky, and Benjamin Franklin Plumbing will be on standby to assist with the community’s heating, electrical, and plumbing needs.
If your home experiences significant damage from water, fire, or smoke, the team at STOP Restoration is available 24/7 for your home restoration needs. Learn more about the STOP team here.