As we get into the heart of the winter season, it’s important to be mindful of what you should do when unusual cold shows up, the way it did in January, 2019. When the ambient air temperature falls to -10, -20, or even -30, it’s important to know what to expect and how to safeguard your home from damage from winter’s icy chill.
Heating systems are generally designed to accommodate the sorts of low temperatures that we usually see over the course of an average winter, and with the weather that we’re going to get in the Chicagoland and Lake Geneva areas over the next several days drastically exceeding these normal lows, we wanted to pass along some advice for keeping your home as comfortable as possible over the next few days as record cold temperatures and -50 degree plus windchills being probable.
- Raise your set points TODAY between two and four degrees warmer than usual.
- Take all of your programmable thermostats and place them into HOLD instead of scheduled drops for nighttime/away.
- If you have a furnace or air handler, replace the filter.
- Limit opening exterior and garage doors, keeping them closed at all times if possible.
- Make sure any air vents and returns are not blocked or obstructed.
- Check your intake and exhaust pipes and keep them clear of ice and snow.