Temperatures drop, heaters go on and snow falls every year, yet many people still fail to properly prepare for the cold season and all the hazards it poses to their possessions and loved ones. Ice, sleet, frost and snow can prove wicked if proper preparations haven’t been made. We hope the following tips will help you get through the winter with no incidents!
For many, winter means hibernation. Unless you are a winter sport lover, you may find yourself remaining indoors for the majority of the season. Make sure your environment is prepared before locking yourself inside to keep the cold out and the warmth in. Before the winter settles in, take steps to seal your home such as:
· Installing Weather Stripping and Storm Windows
· Insulate Water Lines
· Clean the Gutters
· Repair the Roof
While these fixes can help ensure you don’t suffer a plumbing or roofing emergency, they will also help ensure your heater isn’t working harder than it needs to in order to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home. Speaking of heaters, it’s also imperative to receive a maintenance tune up and checkup prior to the winter months when it may be in near-constant operation.
· Professionally Service Your Heater
· Clean Your Fireplace
· Install a Smoke Detector
· Ensure You Keep a Safe Alternative Heating Source
Checking these tasks off your list will keep your house nice and cozy all winter long.
You may prefer to stay home and snuggle up next to the fire all day, but unfortunately the world doesn’t stop turning despite the sometimes apocalyptically cold conditions outside. You have a job to maintain, groceries to pick up and kids to drop off at school. You don’t have time to sit in an auto shop if your car freezes up during the winter. Preparing your car for the cold weather can save you time and money in the long run. Before the chill sets in, make sure your car is ready by:
· Replacing the Tires with All-Weather or Snow Tires
· Topping Off the Antifreeze
· Servicing Your Radiator
· Checking Tire Tread
· Replacing Windshield Washer Fluid with a Winter Formula
· Creating a Winter Emergency Kit Including a Cell Phone with Charger, Blankets, Food and Water, Cat Litter, Maps, Flashlight, First-Aid Kit and Jumper Cables
Keeping your family safe is always a priority, no matter the season. However, during winter, some family members face unique challenges that can keep them from living comfortably. Whether your loved one is young or old, make sure they know the proper precautions to take to avoid a winter emergency.
Make sure all loved ones carry cell phones and work slowly when shoveling snow or doing other outdoor chores to avoid slipping or overexerting themselves. Salting the driveway or sidewalks keeps ice from forming and your family safer when outside.
If you have elderly loved ones that live independently, check on them frequently throughout the winter as they are especially prone to falls during this season.
Warming Up in Winter
Despite winter’s beauty and fun, it can also prove dangerous to those who are unprepared for the poor weather conditions. To prepare your home’s heater for the rest of winter, contact Belknap Heating and Cooling or call 716-688-1728.
There are a lot of great things about winter, like the holidays and having a chance to spend time with family and friends, but the season’s weather can really put a toll on you and your home. Your heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC) can suffer significant wear and tear over years of seasonal change. Even if your furnace is running well now, it might be in need of replacement or repairs very soon. Here are a few signs to watch out for so you’re not stuck in the cold.
Your Pilot Light is Yellow
The pilot light is your furnace’s ignition source, lighting the gas that your furnace uses to heat your home and appliances. Normally, it should burn a bright blue color. If something is wrong, it could turn yellow in color. While this might not seem like a huge problem (fire is normally yellow-ish, right?), it is indicative of a much larger issue.
Flame color is influenced by the gas that is burns. A yellow flame indicates your furnace might be producing and burning carbon monoxide, which can be extremely harmful if inhaled by you or other residents. If you suspect a carbon monoxide leak, leave your home immediately and call emergency services.
You Have Difficulty Breathing
Low-level carbon monoxide poisoning can produce flu-like symptoms, but even less serious issues with your furnace can negatively impact the health of the people in your household. Modern furnaces help keep your house comfortable by filtering air and adding moisture when necessary. Furnaces in need of repair may circulate unwanted dust, mold and other pollutants through your home. This can make it difficult to breath and exacerbates the conditions of people with asthma or allergies.
Your Furnace Is Making Strange Noises
A normal furnace will make some noises during regular use, but there are definitely sounds that you should find concerning if you happen to hear them. Banging, rattling, popping, squealing, groaning or whining noises can all be indicative of a potential problem. While it could be an easy fix, your issue might require a complete furnace replacement.
Certain Areas of Your Home Are Hotter/Colder
If certain rooms in your home are particularly drafty or warmer than any other space, you could be experiencing issues with your furnace itself or the ducts running through your home. Check for leaks or any issues with your thermostat, but be sure to reach out to an expert if you can’t find the problem yourself.
Heating and Cooling Experts in Buffalo
If you recognize one or several of these symptoms affecting your home’s furnace or HVAC system, it might be time to call in the professionals. Belknap Heating and Cooling has been keeping Western New Yorkers in Niagara and Erie Counties warm in the winter and cool in the summer for more than 45 years. Contact us today for same-day service and free system replacement estimates!