If you’re like many Americans, you probably are in the midst of gearing up for the Thanksgiving holiday. This might including cleaning around the house, preparing a list of things to pack, beginning food preparation, or making yet another trip to the grocery store. Technically it’s still fall, despite the surprise of the snow that arrived around Halloween. As a result, making preparations for winter may not yet be on your list of priorities.
Although the first day of winter is still several weeks away, with the hustle and bustle of the number of upcoming holidays and all of the related events, it’s still a good idea to make winter preparations a priority at the top of the list because the first day of winter on Dec. 21 will be here before you know it.
Creating a plan for winter preparation is always unique to you and where you live, but it always begins with a few critical basics and then making further additions from there.
Depending on if you live in a rural area vs. a residential one, your needs for the winter ahead could be slightly different. Those who live in residential areas where the streets are maintained after winter precipitation probably only need to make considerations for keeping sideways, walkways, and the driveway clear in addition to putting together a small emergency kit for the car. Individuals living in a rural area will need to add additional supplies in case of being snowed or iced in until a thaw in the weather comes.
Winter Preparation Tips
- Use salt to melt the ice on walkways, sidewalks and driveways
- Add sand or kitty little for added traction on slick surfaces
- Keep snow removal tools and/or equipment handy (Consider also having smaller tools for the car.)
- Wear warm clothing layers to avoid frostbite
- Travel with several blankets and fleece jackets, hats and gloves
- Buy a supply of bottled water and non-perishable snacks
When it comes to heating the interior of your home with propane, it is also important to plan ahead. Quarles, a fuel company in Virginia, has some simple tips to help you get the most from your heating oil system this winter.
Quarles’ Money and Energy-Saving Tips
Change the heating oil filters in your home once a month – dirty filters make the system work harder and consume more fuel to heat your home
Keep the furnace room clean to enable efficient operation – excess dirt and dust can be pulled into the furnace, making it work harder
Check your furnace flame – look for a steady blue-colored flame, a yellow-orange flame may mean poor combustion or function
Lower your thermostat – lowering the temperature for eight hours a day could reduce bills by up to ten percent, every degree matters
Inspect the oil heat filter at the beginning of every heating season– so you won’t be left out in the cold
Judiciously use ventilating fans – these fans pull the warm air out of the room
Taking advantage of these money and energy-saving tips typically means stocking up on heating oil furnace filters for easy monthly maintenance and taking a couple of extra minutes for general cleaning and maintenance to keep the heating oil system functioning efficiently.
Start planning now for the cold weather with convenient oil heat services from the reliable fuel company in Virginia. Contact Quarles, a provider of quality heat and oil services in Virginia and throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. We’ve proudly supplied heating oil services in the area since we were a one-truck operation back in 1940.