Get Ahead of Winter’s Freeze with These 3 Tips

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Just a few weeks into the winter season and most homeowner’s in Connecticut are now bracing for what’s expected to be a “teeth-chattering” season. According to the Farmer’s Almanac predictions for 2019 which are calling for frigid temps until mid-February.

What does that mean for you as a homeowner? That you should be taking steps to stay warm and safe in advance of the cold.

There’s still time to get ahead of the winter’s freeze.  Here are our top 3 tips.

1. Heating Safety

Whether you’re using a portable space heater, fireplace or pellet stove to bring extra warmth to your home, it’s critical to understand the safety requirements of these heating sources both for the home and its occupants.

  • Any wood used in the fireplace or stove should be dry and seasoned.
  • Keep discarded coal in a covered metal container at least 10 ft. from the home.
  • Screens or doors should be securely placed in front of any fire.
  • Children should stay at least 3 feet away from these heat sources.
  • Use space heaters with auto shut-off features and always plug them directly into an outlet, not an extension cord.

2. Cleanings & Maintenance

Keeping up with yearly maintenance and cleaning schedules isn’t just about having an efficient home heating. It’s also a safety precaution. All chimneys and vents should be inspected and cleaned by a professional yearly. Furnace systems should also undergo this yearly care to ensure their safe operation.

During these appointments, professionals will:

  • Offer tips on better performance and operation.
  • Clear clogged gunk and debris from the chimney.
  • Pinpoint any issues prior to large surprise system breakdown.
  • Check the furnace components for leaks.
  • Change air filters.
  • Lubricate necessary system parts.
  • Ensure proper thermostat function.

3. Smoke and CO2 Alarms

One of the best ways to protect and prevent fires from occurring and keep your home and family safe is by installing fire alarms and CO2 detectors. Armed with these devices in the home you’ll have advance warning of any dangerous situations. It’s important to test that the batteries are always functioning. Make a habit of putting new batteries regularly, even if they are still working.

You should also place CO2 detectors outside of the bedrooms so the alarm can be heard. With smoke alarms, however, they should be located on all floors of the home and be set to sound at the same time to provide appropriate warnings to occupants located throughout the home.

Staying safe and comfortable during the cold New England winter doesn’t have to be hard. Arbor Energy provides complete equipment services, including installations and tune-ups. Get in touch today!