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How to Handle Severe Temperatures in Ohio

Brrr! Has it ever been cold outside? Along the shores of Lake Erie, we’re no strangers to the winter’s frosty embrace and the occasional need for emergency furnace repair. And Mother Nature’s mood swings sometimes send the temperatures plummeting and winds howling like a pack of wolves. Undoubtedly, our homes are our sanctuary during bad weather conditions, and keeping them warm and toasty during extreme winter weather is essential for safety and health.

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Power Outages: The Uninvited Winter Guest

Severe temperatures amplified by high winds don’t just cause the mercury to drop; they often bring down power lines, too. A power outage during a winter storm is more than just inconvenient; it’s a cold, hard reality that can potentially be dangerous.

  • Frozen Pipes: Without heat, water in pipes can freeze and then burst, causing costly water damage and plumbing issues.
  • Structural Damage: Extreme cold can cause materials, including pipes, windows, and the building’s frame, to contract and crack, risking long-term structural integrity.
  • Hypothermia in Humans: Prolonged exposure to cold temperatures can lead to life-threatening hypothermia, especially in children and older adults.
  • Pet Health Risks: Like humans, pets can suffer from cold-related illnesses, including hypothermia and frostbite, particularly those not bred for cold climates.

Lower Temperatures Mean Higher Demands

When the temperatures drop, your HVAC system might strain to keep pace with higher demands for heated air. And it’s a time when a bit of foresight goes a long way. Conducting preventative and regular HVAC maintenance can help ensure it’s ready to handle the task when needed. But what if, despite your best efforts, your furnace decides to take a winter break?

Emergency Furnace Repair to the Rescue!

That’s where the Westland team comes in, equipped with tools, expertise, and fully stocked service vehicles ready to restore warmth and comfort to your home. We’ve got you covered, whether it’s a minor hiccup or a major overhaul. In cases when a local power outage plays spoilsport, our team can guide you on safely turning your furnace back on, ensuring you are not in the cold.

Safety First, Always

In times of extreme cold, remember safety is paramount. While portable heaters can temporarily help heat things, always operate them cautiously. Keep them away from flammable materials, and never leave them “on” if unattended.

When you rely on your fireplace, a properly cleaned chimney is crucial during a power outage or when waiting for emergency furnace repair. A clean chimney improves fireplace efficiency and reduces the risk of chimney fires, in which the buildup of creosote, a flammable residue, can cause fires.

Pro Tip: Regularly test carbon monoxide detectors, especially when using portable gas heaters or a fireplace. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a potentially deadly odorless gas that can build up indoors without proper ventilation. This simple check can be a lifesaver, providing peace of mind as you keep your home warm with alternative heating sources. Stay warm, but more importantly, stay safe!

Conserve Heat

To conserve heat, dress in insulating layers, use heated blankets carefully and keep doors closed to confine warmth to one area. This approach is best if you are experiencing localized HVAC issues, not problems resulting from more significant power outages. Gather with your pets and family in this space, and stay cozy and safe together.

Pro Tip: In extreme weather, remember to check on neighbors, family, and friends – a quick call, text, or in-person visit provides peace of mind that everyone is OK.

Your Comfort, Our Commitment

Our commitment to comfort extends beyond helping with emergency repairs. We’re here to ensure your HVAC system runs smoothly, efficiently, and reliably, come rain, shine, or snow. Regular maintenance might not seem like a big deal, but it’s the shield that guards against unexpected breakdowns.

Preparation Is Key

Northeast Ohio winters can be beautiful as well as challenging. And while we can’t control the weather, we can certainly prepare for it. From preventative HVAC maintenance to emergency furnace repair and new HVAC unit installation services, our team is ready to handle the call on the coldest days and nights.

So worry not the next time you hear the wind howling a little louder or see the snow falling a bit heavier. We’re just a call away, ready to ensure your home remains a warm haven, no matter how low the mercury dips and how hard the Lake Erie winds blow.

Stay warm, stay safe, and remember, when facing Ohio’s frosty challenges, you’re not alone. The team at Westland Heating is here to help with a smile and a solution to your HVAC problems.

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