It’s winter in the midwest, and you know what that means: severe storms and inconvenient power outages!
When these storm systems hit us in the bitter cold, the threat of losing power—and heat to our homes—can become dire. Make sure to read these tips, so you’re not left in a dangerous situation in the coming months.
Put Safety First
While sometimes candles are the only thing you can use to provide light in your home, lighting too many puts your home at risk of catching fire. Think ahead by investing in small, portable heaters! Be sure to pay attention to whether or not the heater is battery-powered. Even if you have a home generator, it would be wise to have battery-powered or propane-powered heaters so that you don’t use more of your generator’s power than you have to.
It’s also smart to make sure that you have a CO2 detector installed, so that it can protect you from the gaseous fumes you’ll likely be emitting in your home.
Create Natural Warmth
Once you lose power, your home will start losing heat through openings like windows, doors, and crawlspaces. The speed of this heat loss will increase depending on the quality of your insulation. Prevent this from happening by making sure that your openings are sealed and that you have sufficient insulation to keep your home as warm as possible.
It’s also smart to make sure that every member of your family has a good, heavy winter coat. We’d also suggest investing in some battery-powered heating blankets, which are expensive but worth it in dire circumstances.
Invest in a Generator
You never need a generator until you NEED a generator. Protect your family by thinking ahead on this one. We give you all our best advice for picking out a generator that’s best for your home here.
Put BNG Heating & Cooling on Speed Dial
In case of an emergency, you know that our team will be prepared and ready to take on whatever problems you’re facing! Our 24/7 emergency service number is (812) 858-4000. Save it and call us when you need help!