It has been the topic all last week and it is nearly here, a Christmas week blizzard is sweeping down from the north into the upper midwest. Now, weather forecasters are starting to worry that the blizzard could turn into a bomb cyclone and bring life-threatening weather conditions. The winter storm will is projected to bring in bitter cold and life-threatening temperatures. These conditions will create flash freezes in the plains, midwest, and east starting Wednesday.
For Denver, Wednesday evening snow is expected as the cold front moves in a brings a drastic drop in temperatures. Currently, the temperatures expected will be in the single digit and some even dipping into the negatives. So the question is, is your home’s furnace ready for this sudden drop in temperature?
How do make sure my furnace is ready for extreme cold?
Winter preparedness is always tough for homeowners, the holiday season can come in a flash and make any family busier than normal. This often leads to homeowners forgetting to take care of important aspects of their home, such as their home’s furnace! Here are a few tips for your home’s furnace to be ready before the winter storm arrives:
- Replace furnace filter
- Change the batteries in your programmable thermostat
- Check for leaks
- Check for any debris in vents or furnace
- Schedule a furnace tune-up appointment
- Schedule regular furnace inspections and furnace maintenance
How do I prepare my house for extreme cold temperatures?
In times when the temperature becomes too cold, preparing your home for the weather is also helpful. By doing a few things, you could save your home’s furnace from working harder and even stave off the cold easier. Here are some tips to prepare your home for colder weather:
- Raise the temperature in your home by 2 to 4 degrees above your normal settings
- If you have a programmable thermostat, switch off “setback mode” which returns temperatures after reaching the intended temperature settings.
- Keep your garage door closed
- Close your windows drapes, curtains, and blinds
- Ensure your home’s air vents are clear and not blocked.
- Keep external vents clear of debris, snow, and ice
- Don’t use open fireplaces as the heat will just leave outside, closed glass fireplaces are ok
- Use ceiling fans in winter mode to push warm air down
- Layer up!
Do you need furnace repairs or furnace tune-ups?
If you have noticed troubles with your home’s furnace or heating, make sure to reach out to a licensed HVAC contractor immediately. Fox Heating and Cooling can provide quick diagnostic reports and suggestions to get your furnace up and running. Even during a phone consultation, Fox Heating and Cooling will make suggestions and ask questions that might help your home’s furnace and resolve issues without even setting an appointment. HVAC contractors should be an ideal resource for your furnace services and repair needs during the coming weather events. Stay warm, Denver!