Downriver: Winter Weather Alert! Is Your Home Prepared?

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Winterize Your home

When it comes to keeping your home and family warm this winter, the staff at Expert Heating & Cooling has compiled a checklist for you or your “handyman” to consider in preparation of winter weather alert emergencies.

  • Clean out gutters and repair roof leaks.
  • Install weather stripping, insulation, and storm windows.
  • Insulate water lines that run along exterior walls.
  • Install a smoke detector and test batteries monthly.

Also make sure to check your heating systems.

  • Have your heating system serviced professionally to make sure that it is clean, working properly and ventilated to the outside.
  • Inspect and clean fireplaces and chimneys.
  • Prevent carbon monoxide (CO) emergency by installing a CO detector to alert you of the presence of the deadly, odorless, colorless gas. Check those batteries regularly.
  • Learn symptoms of CO poisoning: headaches, nausea, and disorientation. Keep grills, camp stoves, and generators out of the house, basement and garage. Locate generators at least 20 feet from the house. Leave your home immediately if the CO detector sounds and call 911

You can be prepared for weather-related emergencies, including power outages by preparing these items:

  • Ensure that your cell phone is fully charged.
  • Stock food that needs no cooking or refrigeration and water stored in clean containers.
  • When planning travel, be aware of current and forecast weather conditions.
  • Keep an up-to-date emergency kit, including, battery-operated devices, such as a flashlight, weather radio, with a lamp, extra batteries, first-aid kit and extra medicine, baby items, cat litter or sand for icy walkways.

Some other things you can do to make sure your travels are safe during icy and snowy conditions. Make sure your car is tuned up!

  • Service the radiator and maintain antifreeze level; check your tire tread or, if necessary, replace tires with all-weather or snow tires.
  • Use a wintertime formula in your windshield washer.
  • Keep gas tank full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.
  • Prepare a winter emergency kit to keep in your car in case you become stranded. Include blankets, food and water, tire pump, a bag of sand or cat litter (for traction), compass, booster cables, flares, and maps, flashlight, battery-powered radio, and extra batteries, first-aid kit and plastic bags (for sanitation).

We hope these ideas help you prepare for the winter weather. Your friends at Expert Heating and Cooling want you and your family to stay safe and warm this winter season!

In the Downriver, Michigan area, there is a heating and cooling company that stands out in a crowd. Expert Heating and Cooling employees roughly fifty providers of emergency troubleshooting, repairs, preventive maintenance, equipment installations as well as design build and plan and spec services. From your first contact to the completion of service calls or installation you will experience excellent communication. Whether clients are interested in designing a new residential or commercial system, having a furnace or air conditioner replaced, or having an existing system serviced you can plan on speaking with and developing a plan with a trained industry professional.

Expert Heating and Cooling has many options when it comes to your heating and cooling needs. With a heavy concentration of customers in the Downriver area, like Trenton, Grosse Ile and Taylor, the company also performs installation and service in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw and Monroe counties.

Please contact the office at 734.676.4488 to inquire about how the Expert staff may help you take control of your indoor temperature. They look forward to assisting you stay safe, save money and enjoy the peace of mind knowing your home or commercial system is working with capable trained technicians on call for you.