There’s no denying the beauty of winter in New York. It’s truly a magical time when the first flurries hit the ground, but it also comes with a flipside. The wintertime brings an abundance of concerns that can snowball into significant emergencies. These worries can grow even more when there’s a big storm barreling its way to you, cutting off your power, and leaving you trapped with nowhere to go. At Roy’s, our motto is “we take the worry away,” and we live by that with every job. Today we want to make sure you have the necessary steps to protect and prepare your home in the event of a winter storm.
Create an emergency kit
If a storm is so severe that you can’t leave your home, you want to make sure you have all the necessary items to get through this time safely. Make sure you’re stocked up on the following items:
First aid kit
Flashlight with extra batteries
Water and non-perishable foods
Extra rock salt
Get your HVAC system inspected
Is your heater ready to fire up for the entire season? Don’t take your chances and give it a test run. Set your thermostat up to 80 degrees and make sure everything is working as it should. If you notice any unexpected sounds or don’t feel warm air coming out, then you’ll want to get it checked out by an expert sooner rather than later. At Roy’s, we have several heater maintenance services, and you can rest knowing that your furnace will work in peak performance when that first freeze arrives.
Insulate, insulate, insulate
Cold air will be trying its best to infiltrate your home and get inside. You want to stop this from happening because it can freeze your pipes and increase your already high heating bill. Insulate your water heaters, exterior pipes, crawlspaces, and apply weatherstripping around your windows and doors.
Come up with an emergency plan
We recommend devising a family emergency plan and writing down pertinent information, including phone numbers, addresses, and medical information. Your cell phone reception could be irregular, so it’s best to have a hard-copy version.
Contact Roy’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling
A storm can be unpredictable and stressful, but we are here to help. If you are in the Buffalo area, a functioning heating system is essential for the winter season, especially during a blizzard. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you find yourself in an emergency. Just reach out to us at (716) 215-2678, and we’ll restore warmth and comfort to your home.