Ever since she was a young girl, my sister has been interested in agriculture. After graduating with a degree in agriculture education, she accepted a teaching position at a local high school. For the past three years, she has been amazing her students with her knowledge about subjects such as raising beef cattle, growing flowers, and canning fruit preserves. Since she has a sweet tooth, canning fruit preserves is one of my sister’s favorite pastimes. If she ever has the time, she may even launch her own home based business canning fruit preserves to sell to customers. If you’re considering canning jams, jellies, and other sweet goods to sell to customers, you will need to invest in some state-of-the-art industrial equipment. On this blog, you will discover the types of industrial equipment that are necessary to start a canning business.
You might be enjoying the summer weather right now, but winter will be here before you know it. If you heat your home with oil, now's the time to start thinking about your heating system. The last thing you want is to be unprepared for the arriving cold weather. Here are four steps you can take to make sure you're ready to keep warm this winter.
Schedule a Service Call
When it comes to keeping warm during the winter, the first thing you need to do is schedule a service all for your heater. You'll need to make sure that your system, including the burner, is up and ready to go when the temperatures start to dip. Waiting too long could leave you facing a cold winter, especially if your heater goes out unexpectedly. Your service call will help you avoid those unexpected emergency situations.
Ramp Up Your Energy Savings Plan
Once you've had your heater inspected, you need to ramp up your energy savings plan for the winter. Heating oil is costly enough without trying to heat up a home that isn't as energy efficient as it should be.
You might not realize this, but a good portion of your home's heat can be lost through the attic, especially if there isn't sufficient insulation. Before the cold weather arrives, add a fresh layer of insulation to your attic, especially if you can see exposed beams when you're up in the attic. That's a good sign that you don't have adequate insulation.
Door and Window Sealant
After you've added fresh insulation to your attic, head down into the house and tackle your doors and windows. Be sure your doors and windows have adequate sealing protection. If they don't, go ahead and add fresh weatherstripping.
If you're not sure where you're losing heat during the winter, schedule an energy audit before winter arrives. Your energy audit will identify the areas where your home is losing energy through the roof, windows, doors, and walls.
Clear a Path to Your Oil Tank
If you haven't been out to look at your heating oil tank lately, you'll need to do that as soon as possible. Your heating oil company should have a clear path from the street to your oil tank. Pay close attention to the area right around the tank. If you see debris or if the path isn't clear, take care of that before you schedule your delivery.
Plan Your Oil Delivery Early
You know that you're going to need a fresh supply of heating oil for the winter. The best thing you can do is schedule your delivery as early in the season as you can. In fact, it's a good idea to schedule your delivery before the cold weather arrives. That way, you know you'll be prepared for the first cold night, and you'll be paying pre-season prices for your heating oil.