Virginia is experiencing its third straight La Niña winter in the short term, typically resulting in warmer temperatures and less precipitation. But before you store away the snow boots, winter in the new year could take us for a wintery ride of mild days with highs in the sixties, to frigid days with highs only in the twenties. This polar coaster ride through the commonwealth could bring significant cold spells. Your home needs to be safe and snug!
Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fires
Did you know heating equipment is the number one cause of home fires in the U.S.? The majority of those occur in December, January, and February and 44% of fires are caused by space heaters every year according to the National Fire Protection Association. Fireplaces and chimneys are the second most common cause, responsible for 29% of home fires. Central heating units and water heaters make up the remaining home fires.
We know from decades of home insurance experience that fire loss is the most costly of homeowners insurance claims. The good news is it’s also the most avoidable. Common reasons for home fires are dirty chimneys and wood stoves and fireplaces that need maintenance. No problem! Our guides will get your heating systems in tip-top shape. Here’s a little teaser:
So stay tuned. We'll start with a bit of outdoor final prep and shore up the nooks and crannies inside. Then we'll help you prepare your home heating systems and extra heating equipment for Virginia's coldest winter days. We'll also show you the best ways to keep your home's air healthy for the whole family and how to maintain your fireplace or wood stove throughout winter.