As the leaves change and the
temperature drops, it’s clear that winter is just around the corner. While many
people associate winter preparations with cozy sweaters and hot cocoa, getting
your home ready for the cold months ahead is essential. At Superior Fuel, we
understand the importance of a warm and comfortable home during the winter
season. In this blog post, we’ll share some of the best ways to prepare your
home for winter, ensuring that you stay toasty and energy-efficient throughout
the chilly months.
1. Service Your Heating System
Your heating system is the backbone of your
winter comfort. Check your heating system’s functions to ensure everything
works properly. If you haven’t used the heater for six months, turn it on to
see how it’s running. Inspecting your heating system when you don’t need heat
is wise. If you wait until the temperatures fall, scheduling maintenance
service can be more challenging. The price might go up, too.
Scheduling an inspection of your home’s
heating system can help you detect any minor issues before they become big
problems. The inspection should examine the components that distribute heat
throughout your house. You should schedule an inspection before the cold weather
starts so that you know that your system is ready to go once the colder
temperatures roll around.
Our experienced HVAC
technicians at Superior Fuel are eager to provide you with customized advice,
guaranteeing the efficient and effective operation of your heating system.
Don’t delay; book your system inspection today to enhance energy efficiency,
lower the chances of breakdowns, and prolong the lifespan of your equipment.
2. Check Your Propane or Fuel Oil Supply
Monitor your propane or fuel oil supply levels
regularly as the temperatures start to dip. Even if you have a half-tank, once
the leaves begin to fall, the tank could be nearly empty by the beginning of
winter. Keeping an eye on your supply levels can help avoid running out of
propane or fuel oil during a freezing, long weekend.
At Superior Fuel, we take the
hassle out of propane with our Stable Monitor Program. Enrolling in our stable
monitored program allows you to sign up for our no-run-out guarantee. That’s
our promise to keep your tank filled throughout the year, and we back it up
with a $250 credit to your account if we fail to keep our promise to you.
3. Mark the Location of Your Tank
Make it easy to find an outdoor propane tank
after a significant snowfall by placing something tall next to it. You can drive a
pole, flag, or stick into the ground near your tank to see its location, even
when there’s a lot of snow.
Marking the tank means it’s less likely to be
run into by a snowplow or another vehicle. It also makes it easier for a
technician to find the tank when you need a refill.
4. Keep a Clear Path to the Tank
A fuel delivery truck needs easy access to
your home’s propane tank. Keep the area clear of bushes or shrubbery and
objects such as trash cans or play structures that might make it difficult for
a delivery person to reach the tank.
Remember that most propane
delivery trucks are large vehicles, roughly double that of most cars, vans, or
SUVs. If, for example, you live on a large stretch of acreage and the tank is
far from the driveway, the path that leads to the tank should always be clear
for the delivery vehicle.
5. Check and Insulate Your Home
Before the winter chill sets
in, inspect your home for drafts and air leaks. Caulk and weatherstrip windows
and doors keep cold and warm air out. Proper insulation can save you a
significant amount on your energy bills and improve the overall comfort of your
home. Remember to check your attic and basement, as these are common areas
where heat can escape.
6. Consider a Programmable Thermostat
Investing in a programmable
thermostat allows you to set a heating schedule that aligns with your daily
routine. You can lower the temperature when you’re not at home or asleep and
have it automatically warm up before you return. This not only increases energy
efficiency but also reduces your heating costs.
Preparing your home for
winter is not only about staying warm but also about saving energy and money.
You can ensure a comfortable, efficient, and cozy winter season by following
these steps and properly caring for your propane or fuel oil system. At
Superior Fuel, we’re here to help you with all your propane needs, from
inspections and refills to expert advice. Stay warm and safe this winter!