When your local meteorologist utters the words 'polar vortex', you know you can expect bitterly cold temperatures and even dangerous wind chills. You can also expect that in the coming days, your local plumbing and heating technicians' phones will be ringing non-stop responding to broken heating systems and frozen pipes.
"During these cold snaps, our customers receive many calls from homeowners due to frozen pipes and inoperable heating systems," said Chris Tomeno, a heating sales consultant at EDOS Manufacturers whose plumbing and HVAC professionals serve U.S. contractors in New England. "One of the most misunderstood aspects of a polar vortex is the impact that wind and cold air can have on the home. When wind travels through the smallest of cracks in a home, it can cause razor-thin sheets of subzero air that can penetrate deep into the home. Any water-filled pipe, such as a hydronic baseboard, a water supply line connecting a fixture or water well pumps, can be frozen when thin sheets of subzero air blasts across them – sometimes feet away from a crack or opening in the home. It's critical for homeowners to monitor these areas and fixtures in order to save them from polar vortex damage."
To help protect your home in the event of a winter-weather emergency, professionals suggest performing preventive home maintenance – such as getting your heating system tuned up annually, conducting a home energy audit or checking the batteries in your carbon monoxide detectors.
Together with a network of professional contractors, Resideo helps keep homes safe, efficient and comfortable. The company looks at homes as consisting of four different, critical networks:
Following are four ways to help protect your home's four critical networks during a polar vortex:
While you can’t prevent cold weather from hitting, you can take preventative, home-maintenance steps ahead of cold snaps to help thwart off Jack Frost. A professional can help you find a solution that's right for you and your home. Visit Resideo.com/FindAPro and ask about ways you can outsmart winter with smart home solutions.