Heating Tips During The Winter
It’s funny to think that we are still wondering where summer went, when winter weather is right around the corner. We are in the middle of fall and the temperatures are certainly showing that. It is time to start preparing for the New Hampshire winter that we all love(or hate). As you start cranking the heat to stay warm, you still need to be safe. Here are some helpful safety and general heating tips.
Heating fires: Heating equipment is the number one leading cause for all home fire deaths. Out of these fires that cause deaths, around half are during the months of December, January and February.
- – Keep anything that can catch fire and burn at least three feet away from heating equipment. Also, use this three-foot zone as a “kid-free zone” as well.
- – Avoid using your oven as a way to heat your home.
- – Be sure to have heating equipment and your chimney cleaned and inspected every year by a professional.
- – If you use portable heaters, be sure that you turn them off before you leave the room or go to bed.
- – Test all your smoke detectors monthly. They are really a life saver.
Save money: Heating your home costs money. There are a few simple things you can do that will lower your heating bill.
- – Take advantage of the sun and open any curtains that are getting direct sunlight.
- – Be sure you don’t have any drafty windows. Use a plastic sheet on a frame, use space covering foam or if needed, invest in brand new replacement windows. Air drafting in your home, just keeps pushing the temperature of your home down.
- – While home, and still awake, keep the thermostat set as low as possible, as long as it’s comfortable.
If you are experiencing any heating problems, please feel free to give Al Terry a call at 603-485-4205 or fill out our online contact form.