While we don’t always have the coldest winters in Charlotte, it’s a good idea to check on some key systems in your home to prevent issues and to make your home more efficient and comfortable.

  1. Replace Batteries in Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Heating can be a leading source of home fires so make sure your detectors are working. It’s a good idea to check batteries monthly.
  2. Insulate Windows and Doors: Use weather stripping, window film and caulking to correct and prevent drafts through doors and windows.
  3. Reverse Ceiling Fans: This is an easy one! Most ceiling fans have a switch on the motor that changes the direction of the fan. Running the blades clockwise in the colder months will pushed heated air down.
  4. Protect your AC Unit: Even though the AC condensing unit is built for the outdoors, you can still protect it. Instead of buying a cover for it, place a sheet of plywood held down with a few bricks on top of it to guard against ice and debris. (Be sure to remove before turning on in the spring)
  5. Trim Tree Limbs: Remove dead tree limbs. For a lot of us, we have big trees in our yards so don’t let a falling branch during a winter storm cause damage to your house. Hire a professional if necessary!
  6. Check the Fireplace and Chimney: If you use your fireplace, be sure to have it cleaned by a chimney sweep and seal any cracks.
  7. Check your Dryer Hose: Clogged dryer hoses can pose a fire hazard! To prevent a house fire, clean your lint filter, clear your dryer house and check your vent and exhaust.
  8. Prevent your Pipes from Freezing: There are two simple ways to keep your pipes from bursting: always keep your heat on and let the faucets drip to keep the water flowing and prevent freezing. You should also insulate an pipes near windows or doors or in unheated areas.