Winter is often that time of the year when families in Fayetteville come together to celebrate the holidays. However, with the good cheer also comes many hazards associated with the cold months. Protect your home and family with these basic winter emergency preparedness tips.
- Insulate now. Months before the winter season, check if your home is insulated properly. Apply weatherstripping around doors and fill gaps, holes and cracks with caulk especially in the walls, ceilings and attic space. If necessary, replace insulation to create a buffer against the chilly air.
- Have your HVAC system checked. Call a technician to inspect your HVAC system. Dirt, grime, dust and general neglect can affect the efficiency of the system and force it to work harder than it should. Regular maintenance, whether it’s done by a professional or as a weekend DIY task, will help ensure that the system is cost-effective and that it operates at maximum performance.
- Protect the pipes. In case of low temperatures that could lead to freezing, wrap pipes using insulation.
- Prepare for a power outage. Power outages are quite common in the wintertime. As part of your winter emergency preparedness, have backup power sources ready. Make sure that flashlights and radios are ready and that there are fresh batteries available. Look for a sufficient source of heating since regular sources could be cut off. Viable heating equipment you can use include a fireplace or a wood- or coal-burning stove. If the power goes out, put the equipment in a well-ventilated room to keep the area warm and comfortable.
If you need further help with winter emergency preparedness, contact the experts at Blanton’s Heating & A/C. We can help you find the best solutions to ensure that you are safe and comfortable in the coming winter months.