Polar Vortex 2019

Polar Vortex 2019

Our area experienced extremely low temperature and high winds in January 2019. Did you know that home heating systems are not designed to withstand these types of extreme weather?

Both newer and older homes are not able to maintain comfortable temperatures when the temperature drops this low. Even if your heating system is working at full capacity it is highly likely that your home will not be able to keep to the set temperature.

Clements Heating and Air of Ohio recommends that you take a few simple steps to ensure that your home stays as warm as possible during these extreme temperatures:

  1. Raise the temperature in your home 2 to 4° above your normal setting prior to the weather front hitting the area.
  2. Take all programmable thermostat’s out of setback mode and set on permanent hold.
  3. If you have a furnace than replace the filter.
  4. Keep garage doors closed and limit opening exterior doors.
  5. Make sure air vents and radiators are not blocked or obstructed.
  6. If you have a 90%+ furnace or boiler you must keep the intake and exhaust clear of ice and snow during these cold temps it can build up.

90% + furnaces and boilers have two white PVC pipes, an exhaust pipe, and an intake pipe that are generally on the side or back to your home. In some instances they are on your roof. Do not go on the roof to clear the pipe.

If the temperature in your home is dropping and your radiators are hot with the boiler system, or you have hot air coming out of your vents with the furnace do not panic please make sure your heating system continues to operate.

If the temperatures in your home dropped, it will not be able to recover until the temperatures rise and the wind chills diminish our heating systems cannot overcome -20-30 wind chills. They are sized to operate at 0° outdoor. Put your thermostat on hold at 70° or higher.

To help minimize temperature loss you can:
  • Boil water
  • Make soup

They help introduce humidity and warmer temperatures in your home. DO NOT USE YOUR OVEN OR A GRILL TO HEAT YOUR HOME! Please check our neighbors and elderly residence during these extreme temperatures as well and don’t forget to bring your pets inside.

The key is to not panic with falling temperatures inside your home if heat is coming out of your registers it’s doing all it can.

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