Winter Weather Preparedness…Summertime Is The Best Time To Do It!
If you are a planner, as so many of us are, then you may always be looking at least a month ahead on your calendar. While we are certainly still in the dog days of summer, it is the perfect time to start planning for those cold winter months that will be here before we can say, “snow day!” By now, you have surely prepped for the looming mid-Atlantic hurricane season, but we don’t want to wait until that first polar vortex arrives to begin thinking about staying warm and safe during snow, wind, and bitterly cold temperatures. We have all experienced the frustration of empty shelves and long lines at the grocery store, having waited until the last minute to pick up necessities before a big snowstorm. Or even worse, the stress of being completely unprepared when an unexpected blizzard hits overnight, with little to no warning.
So take advantage of this beautiful summer weather! Now is the time to stock up on necessary supplies, check your home heating system and winterize your vehicle and property. Don’t wait until it’s cold and snowy. Some winter prep tasks can be a little more challenging to accomplish if you wait until the colder temperatures and inclement weather conditions begin. Not to mention propane and heating oil prices can fluctuate up and down due to demand and can sometimes increase as the winter season approaches (that’s why it’s important to fill early in prep for the winter). So, let’s get to it and show old man winter who’s boss!
Prepare Your Home
Winterizing your home is an excellent way to ensure that you and your family stay warm and cozy all winter long. Make sure that your home is adequately insulated, especially in the attic, as warm air can easily escape if it isn’t. Caulk any drafty window sills or door frames, or utilize weather stripping for a similar effect. This will make your home heating system much more efficient and less costly when the temperatures begin to drop. Other important tasks to accomplish are replacing air filters, having your furnace, chimney, and fireplace cleaned and contacting your local propane supplier to ensure that you have an ample supply.
Prepare Your Vehicle
Summertime is a great time to make sure that your vehicle is ready for winter so that you don’t find yourself searching for that old ice scraper the morning of our first real frost. Also, if you don’t already have one, assemble an emergency kit, or replenish one that you already have. Make sure it includes first aid items, brightly-colored flags or signs, and a supply of water and non-perishable food items. It is also highly recommended to have a small snow shovel, rock salt, scarves, hats, gloves, and a blanket stowed in your trunk. In the unfortunate event that you find yourself stranded in the snow, you will be glad that you planned ahead!
Get out there and enjoy these last hazy, lazy days of summer, but make sure you take some time to prepare for the inevitably blustery winter ahead! By accomplishing a few simple tasks now, you will be able to enjoy those snow days by building snowmen and curling up with a good book and hot cocoa by your fireplace. Tri Gas & Oil is so happy to be your local propane and oil company in Maryland, and we look forward to helping you with all of your winter weather preparedness tasks! Give us a toll-free call at 1-800- 638-7802!