Will the next winter storm here in Indianapolis be just a few flurries — or deliver major snowfall to your home? With just over 2 feet of snow in an average winter here, anything between those two extremes may happen. Components related to your heating system can be affected by severe weather. Here are some ways to prepare for the effects of the next winter storm.
- Get annual furnace maintenance. Before the brunt of winter weather strikes, schedule annual preventive maintenance with a qualified local HVAC contractor. The service includes a full inspection and a list of manufacturer-recommended maintenance to ensure your heating system is ready for whatever the winter weather may bring.
- Make sure furnace vents are functional. The furnace roof vent should have an intact cap and screen to keep out ice and snow that might restrict proper venting. If you have a high-efficiency furnace with an efficiency rating of 90 or above, the unit probably utilizes two sidewall vents on the side of the house for exhaust and intake. Before the next winter storm, inspect the vents to ensure that ice formation caused by dripping condensation does not obstruct the exhaust ventilation pipe.
- Clear snow off the heat pump. A heat pump performs double duty as both an air conditioner in the summer and as a heater in the winter. Heavy snow accumulation on the heat pump’s external unit can interfere with the heat-extraction process, as well as freezing condensation produced by the unit. Use a broom to sweep snow off the top of the outside unit and away from all sides to maintain clearance for adequate air circulation.
- Keep the gas meter accessible. If an issue occurs with a natural-gas appliance or furnace, you definitely want the gas meter easily available for repair personnel or gas-company employees. Sweep snow accumulation away from the gas meter so it remains fully visible and can be readily located and accessed if necessary.
For professional service to ensure your HVAC system is prepared for the next winter storm, contact Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing.