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Are You Prepared for Winter Power Outages?

Are You Prepared for Winter Power Outages?Winter power outages can be dangerous if you’re not prepared. It certainly won’t be pleasant, whether a few hours or a few days. Read through these tips to prepare for a winter power outage to make your time “off grid” as comfortable and safe as possible.

Emergency Checklist

It’s important to make an emergency preparedness checklist specific to your home. Following are some of the items you may include:

  • Account for the whereabouts of everyone in your household.
  • Everyone should have a flashlight or glow stick.
  • Turn off the HVAC system at the thermostat and gas valve if applicable.
  • Locate your emergency preparedness kit.
  • Make sure your home is secure.

Emergency Kit

Keep your emergency kit in a place where everyone can gain access. Your emergency kit should include a first-aid kit, flashlights, batteries, glow sticks, a fire extinguisher and a battery-operated radio.

Purchase a Backup Generator

A backup generator can make an extraordinary difference in your emergency preparedness. You’ll be able to use lighting, portable heaters, a portable refrigerator and more. Generators can also run your sump system to help prevent your basement from flooding during a storm.

Store Food and Water

Store plenty of non-perishable food and water. Canned foods practically last forever. You can use containers to store water and ice in your refrigerator. The cool water and ice will also help perishables in your refrigerator last longer. Make sure you have plenty of disposable plates, cups and utensils.

Food Preparation

How will you cook your food? A gas grill will work great and so will a camper’s stove. If you have plenty of wood stored away, you may build a campfire outside. However, don’t use any fuel-burning heating or cooking appliances inside your home.

Medications

If you or someone in your home needs medication that must be refrigerated, have an alternative means to keep your medications cool. This could be a small portable refrigerator connected to your generator, or simply packed in ice until you find another location to stay.

 

If you have questions about power outage preparedness, contact the experts at Powers Heating & Air today.

 

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.

 

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What You Need to Know About Home Energy Evaluations

What You Need to Know About Home Energy EvaluationsIf you’re like most homeowners, you probably suspect that energy is being wasted in your home. Yet, unless you know how and where it’s being lost, you can’t prevent it. Fortunately, professional home energy evaluations can quantify and identify energy waste. While you might be able to perform a basic do-it-yourself energy evaluation yourself, a professional audit is a more comprehensive way to minimize energy inefficiency.

What to Expect in an Expert Home Energy Evaluation

  • The energy auditor will tour your home, examining windows, doors, walls and roof; checking for insulation; inspecting ductwork, and taking a close look at your heating and cooling system. He or she will likely review recent years’ utility bills to develop a picture of your family’s energy use.
  • Diagnostic tests, using high-tech imaging equipment, will be undertaken. These include the blower-door test. A powerful fan is installed in an exterior doorway and turned on to blow outside. This is done after all windows and doors are closed. The auditor will use a gauge to measure how quickly the interior air pressure returns to normal after all the air has been sucked from the home.
  • While this is happening, a thermographic scan will show where air leaks are located, along with where insulation is either inadequate or missing altogether.
  • Diagnostic testing also may be performed on ductwork to assess its efficiency and performance.

Do-It-Yourself Evaluation

Even without sophisticated gauges and cameras, you can at least get a rudimentary idea of your home’s energy efficiency.

  • Patrol the inside and outside interior of the house, looking for air leaks. Likely spots include windows and doors, areas in walls where wiring or pipes penetrate, and places where building materials meet.
  • Check the attic for sufficient insulation (it should rise to the top of the floor joists in most homes), inspect light bulbs to see if they can be replaced with modern CFLs or LEDs, and make sure the water heater and hot-water pipes are insulated.

Since 1979, Powers Heating and Air has offered high-quality HVAC services to customers in Peachtree City and the surrounding areas. Contact us today for more information on performing a home energy evaluation and what you can do to save energy and money.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about home energy evaluations and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.

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