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7 Winter Storm Preparation Tips: Protect Your Furnace During Winter

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Winter in Wisconsin often means heavy snowfall and frigid temperatures, and it’s crucial to ensure that your home and furnace are ready to tackle the challenges that come with it. At Rock Valley Services, we understand the importance of a functional heating system during these harsh conditions. Here are essential tips to prepare for a winter storm and ensure your furnace operates at its full potential:

Preparing for a Winter Storm:

1. Clear Heating System Vents:

Before and during winter storms, check and clear any intake and exhaust vents for your heating systems. Snow or ice buildup can obstruct these vents, causing malfunctions or even hazards.

2. Ensure Safety Measures:

Check smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, replacing batteries to ensure they’re in working condition, offering essential safety during the storm.

3. Prevent Pipe Freezing:

During heat outages, prevent pipe freezing by allowing cold water to drip from faucets. This helps in keeping the pipes from freezing, avoiding potential damage.

4. Set and Hold Your Thermostat:

Give your thermostat some attention before the next snowstorm to ensure it’s reading the indoor temperature accurately. Consider investing in a programmable thermostat for better temperature control, especially when you’re away. During extreme cold, set and hold your indoor temperature so that your unit can keep your home comfortable.

5. Check your Filter:

Check and change dirty filters.  A dirty filter will cause your furnace to work harder as it restricts the air flow.  Make sure you have a clean filter especially during cold weather when your furnace is already working hard.

6. Fireplace Management:

Close the damper on your fireplace flue if it’s not in use to prevent warm air from escaping, aiding in maintaining indoor warmth.

7. Open Cabinet Doors:

In areas with unconditioned spaces where water piping is present, open cabinet doors to allow warm air into those spaces, preventing freezing.

Ensuring Furnace Readiness:

Wisconsin’s winter demands peak performance from your furnace. Test your heating system today to ensure it’s functioning optimally. If you encounter any issues or suspect a problem, contact us at 608-247-4949. Our technicians are ready to evaluate and address any heating system concerns promptly.

Remember, during storms, our service demand increases significantly. Acting early by scheduling maintenance or repairs ensures your comfort and safety during severe winter conditions.

Prepare in advance, stay vigilant, and take these proactive steps to safeguard your home and family against the challenges posed by Wisconsin’s winter weather. Rock Valley Services is here to support you in maintaining a warm and safe environment throughout the season.

Stay warm and stay safe!

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