How to Prep Your Heating System for a Blizzard

Man shoveling snow

As the nation braces for blizzards, bomb cyclones, and everything in between, it’s important to maintain your HVAC system to prevent a complete heat shutdown.

Sometimes, a few preventive steps can spare you from a flooded furnace or emergency AC fix due to a storm. Follow this to help prevent damage to equipment before inclement weather strikes. If your home is prone to weather damage, ask our HVAC professionals about installing systems a specific way to help minimize weather risks.

Prevent furnace failure in a blizzard

Do On Your Own:

  • Cool or heat your home as much as possible prior to 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 things like garden tools and outdoor furniture.

Call a Professional:

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 do not work.
Talk to an HVAC technician about installing your AC unit in an elevated position if flooding is a concern.
Talk to professional about surge protection. A whole house surge protector can prevent your electronic appliances from that 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.
Contact One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning to set up an appointment.
If Your Heat Stops Working
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.

It’s important to 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 prepare with plenty of dry firewood.

If your home encounters an HVAC emergency during inclement weather, call One Hour Heating for a fast fix. For further peace of mind, our Protection Plans offer an annual HVAC inspection to detect furnace problems ahead of time.