Driving any distance during a blizzard is dangerous
Last winter was especially long and brutal. By the end of September, we were already relying heavily on the furnace. By the end of October, we had nearly six inches of snow on the ground and the temperature outside had dropped below freezing. Our local area got hit with several blizzards that brought excessive snowfall and sub zero temperatures. There were driving bans due to icy road conditions and the local schools were closed several times. I was thankful that I’d made the effort to have the heating system professionally serviced. I’d hired a local HVAC contractor to provide a thorough inspection, cleaning and tuning. He made sure that all components were operating at their best. I hoped that this proactive maintenance would ensure reliability. The extreme weather was putting a heavy strain on our heating system. In early February, we got hit with a particularly bad snowstorm that included high winds. Between the heavy snowfall and wind, there were widespread power outages. Fortunately, we were only left without electricity for twelve hours. It was awful. The house quickly became super cold. We had no way to run the furnace without power. I worried over the water pipes freezing and bursting. We were without lights, running water, internet and television. If the power outage had gone on any longer, we’d have needed to relocate to a hotel. Driving any distance during a blizzard is dangerous. Because of this experience, I’ve now invested into a permanently installed backup generator. It will automatically start up in the event of a power failure and allow us to operate all of our household appliances and systems, including the furnace, air conditioner and water heater.