Winter brings fun options that aren’t available in the summer months. Winter brings a chance to build snowmen and go sledding. There are also dangers that come during the cold weather months. Protect yourself and your family from potential power and heat outages at the time you need them most.
Tip #1: Protect Outdoor Parts of Your System
Your heating system has components inside and outside of your home. The furnace should be safe from the elements inside your home. The gas meter and vents are a different story. Make sure the area around your meter and vents is clear of snow. Using a broom or even your hand (inside a glove we hope) to brush off the area instead of a snow blower is a good idea.
If there are problems with your gas line or heating, an HVAC professional will need clear and easy access to your meter.
Tip #2: Prepare an Emergency Kit
If your power and heat go out, we advise you to have a backup plan. Make sure you have the essentials to keep you and your family going in frigid temperatures. Below you will find our list of must-have items during a winter storm that knocks out your power and heat.
- Bottled Water: Make sure to have several jugs of water or many packs of bottled water. You should have a gallon of water per person, per day in your kit.
- Flashlights: Have two flashlights on hand. Don’t forget to stock several packs of batteries.
- Baby Formula: Keep at least three days worth of baby food ready for any young ones.
- Food and Snacks: Pick up food, both meals and snacks, that you won’t need to cook.
- Candles or Lanterns: Candles and lanterns can make great light sources. Make sure to keep matches or extra batteries around.
Tip #3: Keep Warm without Your Heater
When you prepare the essentials for your emergency kit, don’t forget about things to keep you and your family warm. These are also good practices to use throughout the winter.
- Layers of Clothes - Plan on wearing several layers of pants, shirts, sweaters, jackets, and hats. If you end up getting too hot, you can take off one layer without losing all your heat.
- Blanket Party - Bring out the backup blankets for extra heat. For some extra fun, build a pillow or blanket fort with the kids!
- Cover Up Doors and Windows - Old blankets or tablecloths can cover up drafty windows or doors. Focus on the edges of doors to keep the cracks sealed.
Are you planning for the next winter storm? Contact the team at Heaney Plumbing and Heating today to discuss any heating issues we can resolve before it is too late!