It’s cold out!

It’s the first real taste of winter this season.  Be sure to do these things to make sure it isn’t bitter.

Is this what lays in store now that Winter 'feels' like it has finally arrived?

Is this what lays in store now that Winter ‘feels’ like it has finally arrived?

For the latter part of 2015, there were some who were wondering if we would ever have anything like a typical winter here in the North East United States.  Well, it looks like this week it has arrived with overnight temperatures these last few days in the single digits and daytime highs struggling to reach the freezing mark.

While a warming trend is forecast for later this week, we have had our first taste of what could return at anytime in the near future.  Remember, Winter ‘officially’ lasts until March 20th.  Some of our coldest temperatures and best chances for winter-y precipitation may still lie ahead of us.

Regardless, here are some tips to consider when the temps get too low:

  • Do you have pipes that freeze?  To help prevent pipes from freezing in colder areas in your house, turn a faucet on to a slow trickle on an especially cold night to aid in keeping it from freezing solid. If you anticipate freezing problems or you have time in advance, try to get insulation between the pipe and the outside to help keep the pipe in the “heat envelope” of your home.

If you have a frozen pipe, contact us at 717.299.5641 or email us to schedule a service call.

 

  • If you have outside items such as bird bath heaters, Christmas lights, etc., and they are not working, check the reset button if you have a GFCI or “ground fault” receptacle that you are plugging into. It may be tripped and needs to be reset.

If you suspect that you still have problems with the electric circuit or any other electrical concerns, contact us at 717.299.5641 or email us.

 

  • Are you sure that your CO (carbon monoxide) alarms are working properly?  For that matter, are you sure that you have them in your home?  With winter time (and especially depressed temperatures) your heating system needs to be in peak condition.  In addition, regardless of one’s heating system type or condition, there are always those who will augment their heat or add to it with some sort of a portable fuel heater.  This can be very risky.  Couple this with either no CO alarm or one that is not working properly can lead to tragic consequences.  Heating systems and all fuel-fired appliances should be checked annually by licensed professionals to make sure they’re working properly.  Mortar and debris can block a chimney, or improper draft due to leaks in the chimney can create a hazardous buildup of poisonous gases.  In addition, portable kerosene heaters can create a hazard because they remove oxygen from the air and can contribute to the buildup of combustion gas that is not properly vented from the house.

Have Brubaker Inc. check the condition of your chimney or flue vent for your family’s safety and peace-of-mind. If you do not have a CO detector or alarm, or it is not working properly, contact us at 717.299.5641 or email us.


For more information, see:

  1. Could this happen to you?
  2. How often should a furnace be serviced?
  3. Tips to cut your home energy bill.
  4. Seasonal tips for Winter.
  5. Winter isn’t over yet!