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Prepare for Winter Weather

Winter WeatherPennsylvania weather can be unpredictable as evidenced by the massive fluctuation in temperatures over the past couple of weeks.  However, nothing is more unpredictable than the snowfall in this fine state of ours.  We saw our first snowfall early this year, but there is no telling what is to come for the rest of the winter season, and it’s just getting started.  Here are some tips and tricks to prepare for winter weather.

  • Insulate – Insulate any exposed pipes with pipe insulation sleeves. Exposure to the cold weather will make them more likely to freeze and potentially burst.  Pipe insulators are fairly inexpensive and can be purchased at any building supply store.
  • Get a Shovel – If it snows a lot, you’re going to need to shovel out your outdoor HVAC unit. Snow piling up under or around the unit can damage the condensing units and heat pumps because it will restrict the flow of air.  Take care of it as soon as possible and keep up with it once the weather starts.
  • Generator – If you have a generator for your home, make sure you have plenty of fuel for it. Snow and ice can easily cause power loss and your generator may need to sustain you for a couple of days before the power comes back on.
  • Water – If you have issues with your pipes freezing, make sure you leave the faucets running a little bit, even if it’s just a drip. The movement will prevent the pipes from freezing.  Also, make sure you’ve turned off the water to your outdoor supplies. 
  • Inspection – If you haven’t already done it, it’s time to get your HVAC system inspected before the harsh weather hits. It’s already cold enough outside, is your system functioning properly?

If you’re thinking of upgrading your system or you simply need an inspection, contact us!

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