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Brace for the looming winter storm! Ensure your home's safety and comfort with Mainstream® Electric, Heating, Cooling & Plumbing's prompt winter emergency inspection. Our experts are at the forefront of winterization, protecting your plumbing and HVAC against harsh conditions. The clock is ticking – a timely inspection is key to preventing issues after the storm and maintaining a cozy, secure home environment. 

HVAC Care Tips for Freezing Temperatures

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Electric Heat Pumps in Cold Weather

In "all electric" homes, heat pumps are commonly used for winter heating. These systems, ideal for mild climates, operate differently in freezing temperatures.

Defrost Cycle: Your heat pump will enter a defrost cycle in near-freezing conditions. You might notice unusual sounds and steam from the outdoor unit. This is a normal process to melt any ice forming on the unit. To check if your heat pump is functioning properly, compare the thermostat setting with the actual indoor temperature. A significant difference indicates it's time to consult a professional.

Auxiliary Heat: During extreme cold (below freezing), heat pumps may switch to auxiliary heat. This shift is standard and temporary; the system reverts to the heat pump when temperatures rise above freezing.

Home Heating Safety For Gas Furnaces

Natural gas or propane gas furnaces are popular in many homes for efficient heating. To ensure safety and optimal performance, it's crucial to have these systems annually inspected by a licensed professional. The key aspects of this check include:

  1. Ensuring the furnace is clean and clear of any debris in the burner area.
  2. Inspecting for potential hazards like cracked or rusted heat exchangers or malfunctioning burners. Faulty systems can produce dangerous carbon monoxide.

Additionally, homeowners should regularly test and maintain their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, ensuring they have functional batteries.

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11 Winterization Tips

  1. Tune-Up Your Heating System: Schedule a fast-track service to confirm your heating system is robust and reliable for the storm.
  2. Repair Broken Weather Stripping: Apply quick fixes to doors and windows to eliminate drafts and retain essential heat.
  3. Protect Your Pipes: Arrange for emergency services to insulate and protect your pipes from the extreme cold.
  4. Use Smart Thermostats: Consider installing a programmable thermostat for enhanced energy management during the storm.
  5. Inspect Your Hot Water Heater: Check and maintain your water heater to ensure a continuous hot water supply.
  6. Inspect Your Roof: Conduct pre-storm checks to avoid water damage and dangerous ice formation.
  7. Replace Filters: Replace your furnace filter to improve air quality and heating efficiency.
  8. Stock Up on Emergency Supplies: Stock up on last-minute essentials like snow shovels, ice melt, blankets, batteries, and emergency kits.
  9. Check External Vents: Prevent cold air from entering your home through external plumbing vents.
  10. Clear Drains: Ensure pathways, drains, and vents are clear of debris to prevent blockages and ice buildup.
  11. Prepare for Power Outages: Have flashlights, candles, matches, and a portable charger ready in case of a power outage.

Frequently Asked Questions About Heat Pumps

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