Winter Tips and Reminders (2020)

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With the weather as cold as its been, our maintenance team has been working hard to address cold related maintenance challenges. There are a number of steps that you can take during cold periods to ensure your heating system is working as intended. To ensure our maintenance team is able to quickly respond to emergencies, please review the following.

KEEP WINDOWS CLOSED

Windows should not be open while temperatures are sub freezing. Cold air can quickly freeze pipes. When pipes freeze, they expand and often rupture leading to no heat and a nasty flood.

REMOVE OBSTRUCTIONS FROM VENTS AND BASEBOARD REGISTERS

Even just moving a couch back a few inches can do the trick. Both types of heating systems, baseboard and forced air need adequate room in front of heat registers and vents, respectively, to operate as intended.

Ensure vents are opened (FORCED AIR SYSTEMS ONLY)

It seems silly, but if you notice a room is colder than normal, check the air vents and ensure they are open.

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO HEAT YOUR HOME WITH THE OVEN

Cracking an oven, especially gas, and letting it run continuously is extremely dangerous.

CHECK THE THERMOSTAT

Internal home temperatures will not normally rise much above 70° during periods of extreme cold. If turning the thermostat does not turn on the heating system, check the batteries then contact emergency maintenance.

Warm Pipes

Some homes have exposed pipes coming through the floor. It is normal for these to be warm to the touch.

 

As always, please contact our emergency maintenance line if you do not have heat | (907) 753-1091