All it takes is one cool evening in September and you know that the fall and winter seasons are on their way. These seasons are typically grouped together because you no longer get used to the idea that summer is over, when the leaves start falling and then the snow begins to fall. Getting ahead of the season can be tricky, but our guide will help you get your home ready for the cooler weather so you won’t get caught off guard.
Tip #1 – Clean Your Gutters
Chances are you haven’t touched those rain gutters all summer long. Now is the time to clean out all of the leaves, twigs and debris that have collected in your rain gutters throughout the spring and summer seasons. You don’t want to be doing this after the first heavy autumn rain and you definitely don’t want to be doing it on a Saturday morning after a night of freezing temperatures.
For best results, use a gardening trowel to scoup out the debris. Use a hose to flush out the water spout to make sure there aren’t any clogs. Clear out any clogs that won’t come out with water by using a common plumber’s snake. This is a very important step in preparing your home for the cooler seasons. Clogged rain gutters will only get worse if you don’t clean them out regularly during this time of year. Consider getting a leaf guard system or seamless gutters to prevent having to clean them out again in the future.
Tip #2 – Get Your HVAC Unit Serviced
Contact Columbus Energies in Swansea, MA to come out and get your HVAC unit serviced before the cold weather hits. Have them test your furnace and air duct system to ensure that everything is operating effectively and efficiently.
Make sure to ask your technician about getting a residential service plan that can help you to stay on top of seasonal check-ups and ensure that your HVAC system is working properly. Columbus Energies has a full team of experienced and knowledgeable technicians that can give you even more energy-saving tips that will help you reduce consumption during the cooler months.
Tip #3 – Get a Residential Fuel Service Plan
Save time and money by joining a residential fuel service plan from Columbus Energies. Get safe and effective fuel delivery service when you need it the most. There are two very unique service plans available, designed to work with your schedule and budget. When you choose to work with Columbus Energies, you not only get a top quality fuel supply delivery service, but you also get the services of our representatives and technicians, who are trained and experienced in every area of the business.
A service plan works to help you cut costs associated with emergency repairs, tune-ups and other maintenance work. It can effectively save you hundreds of dollars each year. The Worry Free Payment Plan can help you to reduce fuel costs in the winter months when your consumption is higher, by off-setting the cost in a flat-rate monthly bill year round. Contact Columbus Energies for details on these service, fuel supply delivery and billing plans.
Tip #4 – Test for Safety
The fall is a great time to remember to test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alerts to make sure they are working properly. Many people coincide this testing with the annual Daylight Savings Time changes so they won’t forget. Make sure to check alarms that are operated by battery as well as alarms that are wired into your home’s electrical system. Change and replace the batteries whether they need it or not to ensure that they will be working when you need them.
This is also a great time to re-stock and check your home emergency kit. Always keep a supply of fresh batteries in all sizes and a working flashlight. Make sure you have a supply of clean, warm blankets packed away in a plastic zip bag so they can be quickly grabbed in an emergency. Replace any first aid items that are expired or missing. Check your battery-operated radio or consider getting a hand-crank radio for emergency alerts and weather reports.
Tip #5 – Fix Plumbing Issues
What does water do in the winter? It freezes! Keeping your HVAC unit service in top working order will help to prevent most issues caused by frozen pipes. However, leaky pipes, knocking pipes and other plumbing issues can be even more financially devastating and damaging in the cold winter months. Contact a qualified, licensed plumber to take care of all your plumbing issues before the freezing temperatures come back to New England.
Columbus Energies has partnered with Anchor Plumbing, a reputable plumbing and heating company to provide their customers with reliable and dependable services. With over 20 years of experience working on plumbing and heating repairs, maintenance and other services in the Massachusetts and Rhode Island areas, this partnership helps Columbus Energies to offer an even wider range of services to both their residential and commercial clients.
Service You Can Count On
When it comes to taking care of your home and making sure that you are properly prepared for the coming fall and winter seasons, it is more important than ever to work with a local service provider that you can trust and count on when you need them. Columbus Energies has been serving customers in the Southcoast region since 1960, providing a wide variety of home energy services and solutions. Call them today to find out more about all of the things they can do to help you get and stay prepared!