Hoosiers, we’re in the midst of a nasty Indiana cold snap. Hopefully, most of you are able to hunker down in a warm home and wait it out. But some won’t be so fortunate, and a heating emergency this time of year can turn into a real, life-threatening emergency. Here are some tips on what to look out for and what to do during a heating emergency.
First Priority: Stay Safe
If your heating system is not working at all… especially during significant cold snaps, it’s a major emergency. The cold can even be deadly if not properly mitigated. Here are some safety considerations during a heating emergency:
Folks often turn to gas heaters during a heating emergency, but beware: unsafe carbon monoxide levels can result from faulty equipment like generators or space heaters. Install detectors near bedrooms and living areas, and don’t operate gas-powered devices indoors without proper ventilation.
When your heater isn’t working, it’s tempting to overcome it by plugging in a bunch of electric heaters. However, overloaded outlets, malfunctioning equipment, and flammable materials near heat sources are recipes for disaster. Keep fire extinguishers handy and ensure all heating devices work well.
Even indoors, prolonged exposure to extreme cold can be dangerous. Layer up in warm clothes, wear hats and gloves, and ensure vulnerable individuals like children and older people stay warm.
Heating Emergency Remedies
The bane of Indiana winters can turn into a big problem during a cold snap! If you suspect you have frozen pipes, turn off the water supply and contact a licensed plumber immediately. Please don’t attempt to thaw them yourself with risky methods like blowtorches.
This is the nightmare scenario – temperatures drop below freezing, and your heating system stops working. Be sure to check the thermostat: Is it set to “heat,” on the right temperature, and not accidentally switched off? Be sure to check your filters as well: A clogged filter can choke your furnace. Please give it a quick cleaning or swap it for a new one! Lastly, check the pilot light. If it’s out, relight it according to your furnace manual.
If you’ve done all this, and your system should be on, but isn’t… you need to call the pros at Hoosier Indoor Air ASAP! The sooner you call, the sooner we can fix the issue.
Before an emergency, it’s always good to be prepared… and if you’re prepared, it’s a good idea to help others weather the storm. Here are some other tips on how to prevent or mitigate heating emergencies.
Stock up on supplies. Warm blankets, non-perishable food, candles, and extra batteries can be lifesavers in extended power outages.
Check on your neighbors. Especially older people and those living alone. A knock on the door to see if they’re warm and safe can make a difference.
Stay informed. Monitor weather updates and listen to local advisories for emergency information and updates.
If All Else Fails, Call the Cavalry!
If you’re in the midst of a heating emergency, don’t hesitate to call the comfort professionals at Hoosier Indoor Air! We’re equipped to handle all heating emergencies. We’ll get you back to toasty comfort in no time.
With a little common sense, thoughtful preparation, and the help of your friendly neighborhood HVAC experts, we’ll emerge from this cold snap stronger and warmer than ever. And remember, Hoosier Indoor Air is here to keep your homes warm and your fingers unfrozen all winter!