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    I found this to be quite helpful and good advice for those of us experiencing the unbelievably cold temperatures.

    Tuesday through Thursday we all will experience temperatures and wind chills that our homes' heating systems are NOT designed for. -20 to -30-degree temperatures with wind chills into -40 and up to -50+.

    Newer homes will struggle to maintain temperature and older homes will NOT maintain temperature and the temperature WILL drop while the heating system is working at full capacity.
    1. Please raise the temperature in your home on Monday, 2 to 4 degrees above your normal setting.

    2. Take all programmable thermostats out of setback mode and set on a permanent HOLD.

    3. If you have a furnace; replace the filter.

    4. Keep garage doors closed.

    5. Limit opening exterior doors.

    6. Make sure air vents and radiators are not blocked or obstructed.

    7. If you have a 90%+ furnace and boiler: You must keep the intake and exhaust clear of ice and snow. During these cold temperatures, ice can build up. A 90%+ furnace and boiler have 2 white PVC pipes; an exhaust pipe and an intake pipe that are generally on the side or back of your home. In some instances, they are on your roof, do NOT go on your roof to clear the pipe.

    If the temperature in your home is dropping and your radiators are HOT with boiler systems or you have HOT air coming out of your vents with furnaces DO NOT PANIC. Please make sure that your heating system continues to operate.

    If the temperatures drop in your home, it will not be able to recover until temperatures rise and the windchill diminishes. Our heating systems cannot overcome temperatures -20 to -30 with wind chill up to -50+. They are sized to operate at 0 degrees outdoor. Put your thermostat on hold 70 degrees or higher.

    To help minimize temperature loss you can boil water, make soup, or stews; they help introduce humidity and warmer temperatures into your home. DO NOT USE YOUR OVEN or a GRILL TO HEAT YOUR HOME. Please check on neighbors and elderly residents during these extreme temperatures. Stay warm and safe this week and share this with any of your family and friends.

    Also good idea to close your chimney dampers as well.

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  • #2
    or u can just burn wood in the front yard..

    stay warm
    Last edited by Fornax; 01-30-2019, 07:57 AM.


    • #3
      Bammm theres goes blackout, happen once every 10 years...


      • #4
        I am in Canada . we laugh at polar vortex. We build houses that are great in winter and summer. USA has a president that denies climate change. Polar vortex is due to global warming. The assclown will probably state it is the planet getting colder.

        You know we are witnessing first hand the damage from global warming with its many side effects. If it wasnt man made then even a semi intelligent person would think I should do things different and prepare for and put infrastructure changes in place to avoid or to minimize these catastrophe situations that are happening in real time.

        Only if you are beholding to oil industries and other industries would you just poo poo the whole thing and do nothing.

        Congrats on your stupidity USA.