Proulx Oil & Propane Offers Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Winter
Tips from the Pros: the most important things to do to get your home ready for winter
Newmarket, NH; November 2, 2016 - We polled our customer service team, asked the service techs, and quizzed drivers about the ways they and their families prepare for (and even enjoy) those inevitable cold temperatures heading to New Hampshire. Here's what they said.
Dogs and cats are a great source of added warmth on a cold winter night. Whether it be snuggled up on the couch or sandwiched in the bed between their humans, animals add a layer of warmth in many Proulx Oil & Propane employee households.
Pour honey, boiling water, and whiskey into a mug (ratios up to personal preference). Spice it with cloves and cinnamon, and put in a slice of lemon. Let the mixture stand for five minutes so the flavors can mingle, then sprinkle with a pinch of nutmeg before serving. You will warm up inside and also sleep very well.
Wear a Snuggie. Yes, a Snuggie.
There's nothing worse than realizing too late you forgot to request a fuel delivery. Our tank monitoring technology, Enertrac, will let us know when you're getting low on fuel so you don't have to stress about it.
Dress warm, put on that Snuggie, make a hot toddy, and sit by the fire.
Prep your sheets
Warm up those cold sheets before you dive into bed with a hot water bottle or heat up a bag of beans in the microwave, and place in your bed or couch to warm up your spot.
Browse these recipes, from the gang at Proulx Oil & Propane, guaranteed to hit the spot.
Cook, bake and stay busy in the kitchen even when dinner is over. Instead of heading to the couch, using the oven warms up the room, keeps you moving and is warmer than just sitting.
Check the batteries on your carbon monoxide detector and smoke detectors. If you don't have at least one of each in your home, get one asap.
Heater / Furnace maintenance
Get your furnace cleaned and tuned up once a year - it doesn't matter when - so when it's time to turn on the heat, everything's running cleanly and efficiently. If you're a Proulx customer (or even if you're not,) take the first step with our online service request.
Heat escapes the fastest through your head and extremities; a warm pair of socks keeps your toes warm. It's very difficult to ever feel warm if your feet are cold.
Insulate long runs of heat pipes in your basement to keep the heat in the pipe longer. It's inexpensive, and you should be able to find everything you need at your local hardware store.
Reverse your ceiling fans so the blades turn in a clockwise direction. The resulting updraft will push warm air down.
Strategic pajama combinations
Long johns, flannel nightgowns, hoodies, wool socks, and slippers are great options. Sometimes, add a bathrobe to the ensemble to make your spouse really wonder who they married.
Let us know if you have any ideas to add to this list. All joking aside, if you have any questions about your heating fuel, appliances or how to use and maintain them, please contact us, we're happy to help.