Home heating tips during the Polar vortex

At JMD Corporation/Jackson Heating and Air, we want to help you keep your home comfortable during these record-low temperatures. Follow our tips for keeping your heating system operational. If you run into any problems, please contact us at 888-365-1171. We do have emergency service if necessary.

If you’ve repeatedly turned up your thermostat and you’re not feeling the temperature heat up, it just might just be the polar vortex. Furnaces aren’t designed to function in subzero temperatures, so your heating system may struggle to keep up with this week’s extreme cold.  Even if your thermostat is set at 70 degrees, it doesn’t mean your furnace can keep your home at that temperature.

The key is to not mess around with the thermostat or change it frequently. Turning your heating down or off during the evening can put even more strain on the system. Without proper heating, pipes can also freeze during the night — even more reason to keep your thermostat on a “hold” during extreme cold.

Keeping garages and doors shut can also keep the heat in.

Be sure to check pipes on external walls for snow or ice because that can stop furnaces from functioning. Keep your outdoor condenser clear of snow if you have a heat pump.

Replace your furnace filter. Ideally in the winter months, especially during these ultra-cold spells, you should change the filter monthly.

Be sure your ceiling fans are on to keep the warm air moving if they have the reverse setting for colder months.

Help to heat your home with some cooking or baking—or even just boiling water. It gives extra humidity and warm temperatures to your indoor air. Under no circumstances should you ever heat your home with your oven, stove, or grill, as this is extremely dangerous.

Be sure to keep your cupboard doors open where your plumbing is located to allow your heat to keep your pipes warmed. The last thing you want is frozen or burst pipes. In these extreme temperatures, keep all your indoor faucets on a constant trickle with room-temperature water. This also helps to prevent frozen or burst pipes.

Check on neighbors or anyone elderly in this freezing weather to be they are safe and warm.

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