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7 Things to Do to Prepare for an Arctic Blast

Just when you thought you were really sick of winter, we find out that the plains and Midwest are expected to see some very cold temperatures over the next week.  Though the thermometer will not be dropping nearly as low as some of these historical cold periods, we are still in for an icy few days.

While we are focusing on preparing for this Arctic blast, the following tips are helpful for any cold period coming your way.

7 Things to Do Before an Arctic Blast

1. Schedule a Furnace Inspection

One of the best things you can do is make sure that your HVAC system is running well.  That is why we highly recommend yearly maintenance inspections.  If you haven’t scheduled one yet–it isn’t too late.  A furnace inspection is always helpful throughout the heating season.

2. Fix Drafty Areas

You know what I’m talking about.  Do you have any windows or doors that you walk by in your home and feel a little chilly?  One option is to have windows professionally sealed, or you can buy draft stoppers to place at the base of windows or doors.  Have some time on your hands?  Try crafting a homemade draft stopper.

3. Wrap your Water Heater

The US Department of Energy recommends insulating your hot water heater as a general energy saving action, but when the temperatures get cold it can be especially important.  You can make your own water heater insulation blanket, or check out a a hardware store such as The Home Depot or Lowe’s for premade ones.

4. Protect the Pipes

Pipes located on outer walls, or pipes located outside of your home are especially vulnerable to freezing during an arctic blast.  Opening rarely used faucets to drip, keeping cabinets that contain pipes open, and wrapping exposed pipes can all help to prevent this potentially disastrous problem.

5. Close the Curtains

Closing curtains and drapes on cold, cold days is a simple way to add a little extra insulation to your home.  Heavy drapes, especially, can help to prevent heat loss through windows.  If you don’t have time to add extra insulation to your home before the next arctic blast, this is a great option.

6. Be Prepared for a Power Outage

Unfortunately, power outages are fairly common during cold periods.  This can be due to an increased demand on the power grid, ice and snow on power lines, or from animals trying to find warmth by snuggling up to power transformers.  Stock up on candles, matches, flashlights, extra batteries, and blankets.  Click here to read more about preparing for a winter power outage.

7. Don’t Forget About Pets

Dogs and cats may have fur coats, but they also can suffer from adverse health conditions when out in the cold.  When the temperatures drop, be sure to limit your pet’s time outdoors.

FLAME Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, and Electrical is available for emergency service 24/7 should you lose your heat at any time this winter.  Please, do not hesitate to contact us!

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