Help Clients Prepare for Weather Challenges
Take Steps to Stockpile SuppliesMany home owners get so busy in fall that they forget to stock up for winter. Then, when emergencies occur, many stores sell out of essential equipment quickly. Advise your clients to source supplies early on, including a good snow shovel or blower, bags of deicer, multiple flashlights, and extra batteries in case power fails. A good source of information is the federal government’s disaster preparedness site, which also recommends stockpiling canned or dry food for people and pets, clean bottles for fresh water, an emergency radio, and warm blankets.
- Even if a dirty furnace is still working, it will be less efficient and more costly to operate than a clean one.
- Many oil and gas providers offer a service plan that includes a once-a-year checkup, typically for a few hundred dollars.
- If home owners need a new furnace, suggest that they look for one that operates at 96 percent efficiency and has a 15- to 20-year lifespan.