In recent years, the term “polar vortex” made its way into the mainstream through those that specialize in weather and the ever-evolving changes occurring within the climate.
Essentially, this refers to an area that has low pressure within a region that is considered to be “polar”. This low pressure is a very wide space of cold air that is swirling in place.
When a part of the system breaks off and travels to another region, it is then that the term “polar vortex” is used. Regardless of the technicalities of the occurrence, the fact of the matter is, it becomes very cold.
The next question is, how can you keep your home warm when your area is impacted by a polar vortex? Continue reading to learn more.
Avoid Cooling Down the Home
Heat is critical during a polar vortex. While most set their heat on a standard temperature and lower it when they leave the house, you should avoid this. If your home is allowed to cool down, you will find that it is very challenging to get it heated back up.
During this period of immense cold and continual plummeting temperatures, you should ensure that you set your heat higher. For example, if you normally set it at 68 degrees, move it up to 73 degrees.
Chances are, it will run constantly and may never make it to the 73-degree mark, but it will – at least – keep the inside of your home very warm.
Intake and Exhaust
Do you use a furnace? If so, you probably have an air intake pipe and an exhaust pipe that extends out of the side of your home.
During a polar vortex, there will be a massive amount of ice accumulation and increased levels of snow falling.
To ensure that your home remains warm, you need to make sure that these environmental components are not blocking these pipes.
Seal Cracks and Other Openings
All homes have a crack or opening. It could be as simple as the small space underneath a door or the area surrounding pipes coming into the home.
Regardless, you should seal off any space where outdoor air can make its way inside of your home.
If you can feel the air coming in, the heat in your home is going out. Eventually, this exchange of air will result in cooler temperatures within the home.
Fans Should Run Clockwise
In the summer months, our ceiling fans produce a cooling effect by running counter-clockwise.
During the winter months, they should run in reverse – or clockwise – to help force the warm air within your home down and out so that the home becomes warmer.
Additionally, the fan should be run on low only. You will know it is in the right position if you do not feel air blowing towards you.
If you have a concern about heating your home during the polar vortex or require heating repairs in Lithia Springs, contact us here at Ronald Smith HVAC today for more assistance: 770-766-9212