Homeowners stock up on insulation, heaters during hard freeze

By Trang Pham-Bui – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) – James Carney just installed a new door at his home in Biloxi and he went shopping Friday for weather stripping to seal it.

"Getting rid of some of the draft coming into the house," said Carney.

When asked if he has been feeling the chill lately, he responded, "Yes.  And I'm sure I'll feel it next month when the gas bills come in."

So many customers have been on the hunt for cold weather home supplies, some shelves are already empty.  Long, foam insulation for pipes and Styrofoam faucet covers are sold-out at the Home Depot store in Biloxi.

"It is a good seller all winter long.  But right now, with the push of the winter snap upon us, it goes very fast," said Assistant Store Manager John Adams.

Adams said customers are snatching up all sorts of items to keep their homes and their families warm during these harsh winter weeks.

"Firewood, Duraflames, whether it be real wood or artificial logs, are very, very popular. Electric space heaters are very popular. Waiting on a stock of those," said Adams.

Insulation for walls, ceilings, and attics are also hot sellers.  So are new products like the "Planket," which is basically a special covering to protect outdoor plants.

"It has the insulated value of a blanket, but also the plastic coating to keep the frost from getting to it," Adams explained.

With more freezing days ahead, the store expects to be back in stock by the weekend.

"It's great sales.  It's always nice to have more, but we don't want to be greedy," said Adams with a smile.

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