1) Have Your HVAC Unit Inspected
Your heating and air conditioning system is the most important regulator of temperature in your home. It is imperative that your heat works during this extreme cold snap in Asheville, NC. In order to make sure your family has heat when they need it, make sure your system is inspected and properly maintained. Maintenance steps include:
- Changing air filters
- Changing furnace filters
- Checking for damage and leaks
- Checking electrical components
- Checking and cleaning ducts
2) Open All Air Vents Inside Your Home
It may seem counterintuitive; however, it is important to open vents in every room. Your HVAC system is designed to maximize airflow throughout your home. Blocking or closing vents in seldom used rooms actually increases the amount of energy your system uses, while decreasing its efficiency and effectiveness.
3) Replace Broken/Drafty Windows
Draft windows release a significant amount of heating energy from your home. They are not just a nuisance, they cost homeowners more money and stress HVAC systems. If you have drafty windows, have them repaired, or replaced with energy efficient units.
4) Prepare for Winter Emergencies
During times of extreme cold, energy systems can be stressed, leading to power outages. Furthermore, snow, ice, and wind events can fall trees and break limbs that damage electrical systems. It is important to make sure you and your family are prepared for extended power outage events. Your emergency supplies should include:
- Flashlights and batteries
- Battery-powered radio
- Non-perishable food items
- Bottled water
- Blankets and coats
- Board games, books, and other unplugged entertainment
5) Check Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Homeowners and families may use alternate heat sources like space heaters and wood stoves during the cold snap; therefore, it is important to check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors for functionality and battery life.
If you would like more information regarding homeownership in Asheville and Arden, and how you can own your own affordable home in our community, contact us. Wellington Estates is a family-friendly community, located conveniently near shopping, restaurants, and downtown Asheville.