How to Prepare for a Polar Vortex in 2015

November 25, 2014

The recent polar vortex left some communities under more than six feet of snow, while other communities, particularly in the Cincinnati, Ohio area, were affected by extremely cold temperatures. A polar vortex occurs when a high-pressured front moves into the North Pole, forcing a large, low-pressure, cold pocket of air to move south and dip into the United States.

When extreme winter conditions affect your Ohio home, such as a polar vortex, it is important to ensure your heating system is properly working in order to keep the warm, cozy air inside and the cold air outdoors. Keep reading to learn how to properly prepare your HVAC system for a polar vortex in 2015.

Heating Tips to Prepare for a Polar Vortex in 2015

Follow the tips below to better prepare your Ohio home’s gas furnace, oil furnace, or heat pump system for another polar vortex this winter:

Regular Maintenance

Regular HVAC maintenance and tune-ups are a great way to protect your home’s HVAC system from future repairs and ensure your heating system is working correctly. It is recommended you schedule HVAC maintenance twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. In the fall, your local HVAC contractor will inspect your current heating system to:

  • Make sure every moving part is properly lubricated
  • Check and tighten all fuel connections
  • Inspect and repair faulty ducts
  • Measure airflow to allow maximum efficiency
  • And more!

Contact your local HVAC contractor to schedule HVAC maintenance to prepare for a polar vortex in 2015.

Clean Air Filters

One of the main functions of your home’s HVAC system is to maintain good indoor air quality through proper ventilation. Air filters collect unwanted dirt, dust, and other contaminants found in your HVAC system. It is estimated that a dirty air filter can reduce your heating system’s efficiency up to 10 percent. Stay warm and save money during a polar vortex by cleaning your air filters every 60 to 90 days, or sooner if you live in an active household (children, pets, etc.). During a polar vortex, your furnace will be working overtime to keep you warm, so ensuring that your air filters are clean will enable your furnace to operate at maximum efficiency.

Upgrade Your Heating System

One of the most effective ways to stay warm during a polar vortex is to upgrade your current heating system before the cold weather hits. You may want to consider replacing your current heating system if:

  • Your furnace/heat pump is more than 10 years old
  • You notice an increase in utility bills
  • You need frequent HVAC repair
  • You notice inconsistent temperatures from room to room

If you’re looking to upgrade your heating system with furnace or heat pump replacement, be sure to contact your local HVAC contractor.

Eliminate Drafts

Getting rid of air drafts in your home is one of the simplest ways to prepare for a polar vortex in 2015. When your furnace pushes air into your home, warm air mixes with cooler air until each room or area reaches a predetermined temperature. When a room produces drafts—most often found between the gaps of doors and windows—warm air is lost to the outdoors while cool air enters your home. By sealing these gaps with caulk, patches, and weather strips you could lower utility costs and stay warm inside your home.

Emergency Heating Services in Ohio

Rick’s Heating & Cooling has served the Morrow and Cincinnati, Ohio areas since 1986. We understand how important your comfort is, which is why we offer 24/7 emergency HVAC service in our service areas. To learn more about our HVAC services or how to prepare for a polar vortex in 2015, call us today at (513) 899-6005.