Feb 1, 2023 | Emergency Plan, Backup Plan, Cold Weather, Efficiency, Fireplace, Furnace, Gas Meter, Generator, Heat Pump, Heating System, Insulate, Lighter, Outdoor, Portable Heater

Emergency winter HVAC preparedness is critical during the winter months. So, we believe that having an emergency plan in place can help minimize the impact of unexpected HVAC issues arising. For example, in the case of power outages due to inclement weather, or your furnace suddenly going out, and roads being undrivable, do you have a contingency plan to keep you and your family warm in the meantime? By taking the necessary steps to prepare for winter emergencies, homeowners can ensure the comfort and safety of their household during the coldest months of the year. So, join LRF Maintenance, Heating & Cooling as we talk about a few tips and tricks to staying warm and give you some ideas on a few backup heating options.  


Indoor Vents: First, to ensure optimal efficiency of your HVAC system during those bleak winter days, it is imperative to keep indoor vents clear of any obstructions, such as furniture, rugs, or other items. So, although your power may not have gone out, you can still promote maximum airflow for a comfortable indoor environment during the frigid winter days.   

Outdoor Vents: Now, let’s take that same concept outside – it is also essential to maintain clear exterior vents. Therefore, we recommend you regularly inspect your outdoor vents, particularly during the winter when snow accumulation can occur rapidly. By promptly clearing any blockages before they become major issues, maintenance, and airflow can flow as needed. To facilitate this process, consider incorporating vent clearing into your shoveling routine, so they are not forgotten. Keep in mind that exterior vents should be cleared of buildup gently. You can accomplish this by utilizing a brush or a broom to do so.  

Gas Meter: Being aware of the location of your home’s gas-powered HVAC system meter is crucial for any household. Winter months can present additional challenges, as snow may block meters. Therefore, taking precautionary measures and planning to prevent disruptions is essential. So, familiarizing yourself with your gas meter’s location and being vigilant to keep your gas meter from being weighed down by ice or snow buildup is crucial. This is another component you can add to checking quickly when you are out shoveling your driveway.  

Heat Pump: Winter conditions in Ohio can be particularly harsh. It is important to regularly check for any ice or snow accumulation and remove it gently, using a brush. Additionally, as temperatures increase, it is necessary to ensure proper drainage space to prevent damage from snowmelt.  

Windows: On those extra cold days, you should close your blinds and curtains to provide an extra layer of protection from the heated air escaping your home.  


If the power goes out or your HVAC system is not working for whatever reason while waiting for the power to come back on or a service professional to arrive, you should use the following:  

Generator: If possible, a backup generator is a fantastic idea for forming a backup heating plan in case of power outages.  

Portable Heater: Another great backup plan is to have a couple of portable heaters in your home. Of course, if your power is out, it will not work, but if your furnace is out or you have a generator, these are fantastic solutions to providing additional heat in your home. As a bonus, various affordable options are available on the market.  

Fireplace: If your home has a fireplace, utilizing a fireplace as a secondary heat source in your home can be valuable in emergencies, such as power outages or furnace malfunctions. To ensure that you are prepared for such scenarios and avoid discomfort, storing firewood and necessary accessories such as lighters, matches, and fire starters would be a good idea. Maintaining an adequate emergency stockpile will ensure you have these on hand if you ever need them.   

Extra Blankets: Are you looking for a practical solution to storing your blankets you don’t utilize daily? Consider gathering and storing them in an emergency tote, which can be easily accessible in case of unexpected power outages or other HVAC emergencies. By having the blankets readily available, you can grab them as needed.  

Windows: When temperatures fall below freezing, you can use those extra blankets (or towels, too) as a barrier between windows to protect against extreme cold weather conditions. This simple method can be effective in emergency situations, such as power outages. In addition, it can provide an alternative solution to maintain warmth in the home.  

Doors: During especially cold weather, you should exercise caution when opening exterior doors. Otherwise, icy air will enter the home, and whatever remaining warm air in your home will creep out.   

Call LRF Maintenance, Heating & Cooling for all your HVAC needs and emergencies. We are open 24/7, 365 days a year, so in your time of need, don’t hesitate to reach out! You can contact us at (614) 837-4822 or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here