Propane heaters, heat tape, insulation, flex-o-pane, weather stripping and pipe wrap have been big sellers so far this winter, said Rick Abbott, Soldotna branch manager of Spenard Builders Supply.
"They're even coming in and buying the coats we have out on the sales floor," Abbott
According to Abbott
, sales of heating-related merchandise has been higher than normal for this time of year.
"We've also been spending more time with people to make sure they put their heat tape on correctly and giving other advice so they don't cause damage to their homes," Abbott
Maintenance on things like furnaces and oil heaters is something that should not be ignored during any season.During the winter it can be especially important to change filters and make sure things run smoothly and efficiently.
"A lot of maintenance people often comment they meant to do it earlier but just didn't get to it," Abbott
Improper installation of products like heat tape or improper use of heaters can result in fires and other disastrous results.
"The most important thing if you are using heat lamps or tapes is that you're very careful to use the directions and instructions and cautions that come with those items," Abbott
Even a small hole in a crawl space under a trailer can freeze a pipe up to 20 feet away, Abbott
One remedy to this problem is to heat up crawl spaces under house trailers, but that can be dangerous if not done properly.
"Oftentimes, with old trailers and the like, people will take heat tapes or heaters and use too long a cord, override the breaker and do all kinds of things to make sure pipes don't freeze," Abbott
said."I've been here a long time, and, unfortunately, I've seen that happen, particularly in this type of winter."
Gas lines and car engines require a little extra effort as well to keep them from freezing during the winter.
"Look to your neighbors, and if they need help, help them," Abbott
"This is the time of year for that."
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