Getting Your Home Winter Ready

Getting Your Home Winter Ready

Experts say that even though your heating and air conditioning system is the most expensive appliance in your home, its often the most overlooked.

"A lot of people aren't prepared, they haven't had their system tuned up or checked out," Service Manager for James Lane Air Conditioning and Plumbing Ricky Sikes said.

With the cold temperatures set to arrive tomorrow, getting your heating system or furnace inspected is essential and should be done as soon as possible.

Another concern with chilly temps is pipes freezing, but with the Falls' poor water situation, it's not recommended that you leave your faucet dripping to try and prevent pipe problems.

"If you open your cabinets and do something like that, insulate your outdoor faucets, your going to do the best you can to prevent that, but dipping your faucet would be detrimental to the water situation," Sikes said.

Most of your heat is lost through your attic, and so proper insulation for that area is key. He also advised using a weather strip to stop drafts around doors and windows, and turning your heater down five degrees when you are not going to be using it.

"I never recommend turning the system off completely when you're not going to be there," Sikes said, "especially in freezing temperatures, cause then you have the potential for pipe bursts."

Another big part of winterizing your home is checking your chimney. It can be a lifesaver in case of a power failure, and the change in temperatures can really do a number on that part of your home.

Dave Caulfield, Newschannel 6