How to Maintain Your Furnace for the Winter
Winter is a miserable season for most of the country, but doubly so for families who fail to maintain their furnace ahead of the frigid days and nights. Staying ahead of furnace maintenance not only helps avoid problems but also extends the lifespan of your furnace. Here are some steps to help prepare your home furnace to operate efficiently without wasting energy or risking harmful emissions. Start Your Maintenance Early If your furnace is going […]
Check Out These Six Easy Home Repair Jobs to Beat Those Winter Blues
There’s just no denying that this post-holiday, frigid, and dismal period during the first quarter of the year is a drag. The lack of natural sunlight can cause a condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and result in depression, the weather is often unrelenting, and the news is pretty dreary in general. One of the best ways to clear away the winter blues is to get busy, and there’s no better way than to choose a few moderate home repair jobs and […]
What in the World is a “Bomb Cyclone”?
Much like the ever-popular “polar vortex,” it’s become increasingly common to refer to a specific type of super-storm as a “bomb cyclone.” Well, that sounds bad, doesn’t it? Don’t worry — there’s nothing exploding or detonating here. As it turns out, “bomb cyclone” is something of a misnomer, a shortcut for popular scientists and meteorologists to shorten meteorology-speak for the formation of a type of storm. The phrase combines the word “bomb,” used by meteorologists dating back to […]
Five Annual Home Checkups that Save Headaches Later
Home maintenance is important — in fact, experts recommend that homeowners save one percent of their home’s value annually to use for upkeep. That said, there are plenty of annual home checkups that homeowners can perform to save themselves time, money, and aggravation later. Here are five annual checkups that can prevent major impacts on your home. 1. Have the HVAC system professionally cleaned and serviced. One of the biggest losses of energy for any structure can come from your […]
The Hidden Value of Cleaning Gutters
Cleaning out the gutters of your home is just no fun at all. That’s why the majority of homeowners list this tiresome, messy chore as one of their least-favorite tasks. If you hate gutter cleaning, or you are not able to properly clean out your home’s gutters because of physical or structural challenges, you should hire a professional cleaning gutter service to do the job for you. If you’re up to the task, cleaning out the […]
Seven Natural Disaster Movies (Some Great, Some Terrible)
Here at Storm Guard, we’ve seen our share of mighty weather events that can do damage to our communities: from tornadoes to nor’easters to hurricanes to flooding. But we’re still suckers for big old-fashioned natural disaster movies. Here are some of our favorites: 7. The Perfect Storm (2000) This effects-heavy drama is based on Sebastian Junger’s 1997 best-seller about the loss of the Andrea Gale, a commercial fishing vessel that was lost at sea off the coast of Gloucester, Massachusetts. The film has a murderer’s row […]
What is a Nor’Easter?
It’s a word bantered around by meteorologists regularly, one delivered with a strong New England accent in the region: the “nor’easter.” It’s one of weather’s wackiest weather terms, but these storms are no joke. These infamous storms can combine torrential rains, strong storms, and fierce blizzards into one ferocious package that can knock New England out of power for days, sometimes weeks. But what is a nor’easter, and why is it so unique in the North American climate? Let’s […]
Tracking Down the Top Historic Winter Storms in the U.S.
In all the time that the United States has recorded weather, there have always been those rare winter blizzards that exceed all forecasts, break weather records, and cause mass devastation on an unprecedented scale. Here are some of the biggest winter storms in American history. 1. The Blizzard of 1888: “The Great White Hurricane” (March 11-14, 1888) There are entire websites devoted to this whopper of a storm that paralyzed New York in the […]
The History of Weather Gods
These days, most people might be used to seeing “gods” personified on screen in movies like Thor, Immortals, and Clash of the Titans. But the history of weather gods is actually a fascinating, complex, and educational chronicle, filled with great stories and insights into the human condition. The Folklore of Weather For thousands of years, civilization has been fascinated with the study of weather, known to us today as meteorology. There are records of societies that performed intricate […]
Tips for Tackling Water Damage (that Many Homeowners Miss)
In the aftermath of hurricanes Irma, Harvey, and Maria, many American homeowners are struggling to learn how to cope with water damage restoration, meaning the technical processes needed to repair a home that has suffered a flood or other water-related destruction. However, water damage restoration is a complex business and it’s easy for laymen homeowners to miss important steps in the process during the rush to clean up. Even a burst pipe can cost […]