Dec
13
2016

Preparing Your Home for the Cold

Winter can be long and it can be cold, but if you haven’t already prepared your house for falling temperatures, don’t put it off any longer.

There are a few things that we all should do before the severest weather hits. None of them takes too long, but when those cold winds pick up, you’ll be glad you made the effort:

  • Make sure you attend to any drafts around doors and windows and, if you have them, put up the storm windows and doors—not only will this make you more comfortable, but you’ll burn less fuel and so save money.
  • If you have a generator, start it up and make sure it’s running as it should. Similarly, don’t forget to ensure that the sump pump is connected and working properly—don’t wait until you need them!
  • If you didn’t change the batteries in your thermostats recently (we like to change ours when we change the clocks) now’s the time—last thing you need is no heat just because the battery in the thermostat died.
  • Check that your outside vents are unobstructed, and remember, after a snowfall, be sure to shovel them out again—a blocked vent can lead to system failure and carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Find your snow shovels and leave them where they’ll be needed—when that nor-easter dumps a couple of feet of snow, you’ll want to shovel a path to your oil tank so the Simply Green driver can get through!
  • Dust off and vacuum out your baseboards, warm-air vents, and radiators. It helps with air quality but it also cuts down on fuel costs—every little helps!
  • And finally … make sure you have our contact number 603.430.9919 to hand. If the worst happens and you do lose heat this winter, you want to know you can get in touch with us as soon as possible.

Remember … if you have any questions or concerns about your heating supply, call us at 603.430.9919. The office is open Monday to Friday 7:30 to 4:30 and our emergency service is on-call 24/7, 365 days a year. We’re here to help.

Have a happy winter and stay warm!