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Preparing for Winter Storms

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In West Tennessee, we have come to expect freezing temperatures to start in January and can go until April. Freezing temperatures means ice on the road, close schools, power outage, but more importantly the furnace suddenly going out or a pipe burst. It’s important to keep yourself and your home ready for the unexpected and ensure you’re preparing for seasonal ice in advance.

In the coming weeks, gather emergency kit essentials:

  • Have an ice-melting agent such as rock salt available for your driveway

  • Sturdy shovels that are easily accessible to clear your driveway

  • Flashlights in a few areas of your home

  • Candles and matches

  • Extra firewood if you have a wood burning stove or fireplace and portable space heaters

You should also ensure that you have plenty of clothing for layering. Remember that in the event of power loss and being stuck in the cold, you should avoid sweating and maintain a comfortable body temperature by adding and removing layers as time passes.

  • Keep the water in your home running during severe winter storms. Keeping all taps running at just a trickle will help to prevent your pipes from freezing.

  • Check your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.

  • Fully stock your First Aid Kit with:

    • Medication

    • Bandages

    • Compresses

    • Ointments

  • You can even add extra batteries and a portable radio near your First Aid Kit so you have everything accessible in the same area of your home.

  • Fully charge portable battery packs for your cellphone in case your phone battery is low when the power goes out.

  • Be sure to have those extra things your family specifically needs, like dog food or baby formula.

  • Store at least 3 days’ worth of non-perishable food and water for each member of your family.

  • Avoid going out when you hear warnings of winter storms, but keep your car’s gas tank full in case you run out of power and need to leave.

McCoy’s Heating & Air hope you keep these tips in mind and stay safe this winter by preparing for the occasional cold temperatures and ice

Stay warm this season!

Six Ways to Stay Warm without Central Heating

Whether you’re looking for ways to save a few bucks or to be kinder to the environment, these are some fun tips to fight the cold.

Here are a few extremely DIY ways to save on your heating costs this winter.

1. COVER THE WINDOWS:

Feel your windows, if they're cold, that means they're making your whole house cold. The smart, cost-effective solution is to insulate your doors and windows for extreme weather conditions. Proper insulation cuts your electric bill and makes your house more energy-efficient. If you don’t have time or short on money then nail heavy blankets over the windows. One important tip: make sure the windows are shut all the way before you cover them.

2. HOT WATER BOTTLE:

They're not just for sick cartoon characters any more! Water has a high heat capacity, which means it takes a lot to change its temperature. A bottle of warm water will hold its heat for a while even in a cold house, acting as a very cheap mini-furnace. The rubber bottles made for this purpose may be better insulated and more comfortable to hug, but any bottle will do in a pinch. A quick and dirty DIY cover made out of an old sweater improves warmth storage and snuggliness.

3. HOT BEVERAGES:

This one is hardly a secret, but cup after cup of tea, cocoa, and/or coffee are an integral part of any winter survival plan. It seems important to mention here that, despite what you may have heard, liquor doesn't actually make you warmer. However, for those so inclined, the right drink can make you feel warmer. A cup of just about any kind of non-fruity tea with a shot of whiskey combines the best of both worlds.

4. FORTS:

Living-room forts should be familiar to anyone who has ever been or met a child, but here's how they work: gather as many pillows and blankets as you can from around the house and pile them into an inhabitable structure. They're not only a fun way to make a mess of the house, forts can keep you warm for free. As long as you're willing to confine yourself to one room that you leave for food and cocoa, a fort is a great way to make a final stand against the cold since it concentrates all the available insulation in a smaller space. Fort building is also a fun group activity to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as seasonal depression.

5. LAYERS:

Anyone who puts on one sweater and then wants to turn on the heat just isn't trying hard enough. If one doesn't work, try two, three, seven sweaters or pairs of socks. This is basically the same operating principle as step four: concentrate available warming materials. If you're cold under a blanket or two, add more. If you've nailed all your extra blankets to the walls in accordance with tip one or constructed them into a fort as in tip four, put a few clean towels in between layers. Sure, you may not be able to put your arms at your sides wearing all your flannel and sweaters at the same time, but you won't be cold.

6. COMPANY:

The most efficient, least costly, and most fun way to stay warm in the face of winter's chill is to hang out with friends and family. Besides distracting you from the cold, people produce their own heat. Crowd everyone into a small room or a fort in accordance with step four and feel the literal and figurative warmth. A concentrated crowd can turn an icebox into a party sauna, and everyone can bring their own sweaters and blankets, increasing the collection of warmth beyond your physical into your social network. All the hot water bottles in the world don't hold a candle to sharing the cold with others.

Top 10 Reasons You Need to Replace Your HVAC System

There will come a time when you need to replace your HVAC system so we put together a guide to give you an idea when it’s time to contact a professional HVAC company.

If you don't think your HVAC system can make it through another summer call us today at 731-668-7492 to schedule your FREE ESTIMATE and see how you can qualified for 0% financing for 60 months on new unit installations.

Take Control of Your Comfort

How would your home fare in a Goldilocks test? Would it be something like, “This room is too cold, this room is too hot, but this room is just right?” Some of this “unevenness” can be caused by air leaks through ducts or in crawl spaces, attics and garages and can be addressed with proper sealing and insulation. But some homes would also benefit from zone control in their heating and cooling systems. Obviously, different spaces have different needs. For example, heat rises, which makes the second floor warmer than the first. Cool air heads downward, which makes the basement cooler than the main level. You can also add in which way the sun shines, which way the wind blows and where the windows are located.

It all adds up to multiple heating and cooling needs within one home. Zone control is most effective when large areas of the home are often unused or are on a different schedule than other parts of the home. Zoned control systems could be a good option if your home:

  • Has more than one level
  • Uses basements and attics as part of the living space
  • Has a design that includes a lot of glass, vaulted ceilings or lofts

If uneven heating and cooling is a problem in your home, give us a call. We’ll show you how you can better manage your heating and cooling needs, be more comfortable and save energy. Just give us a call.