NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, Ark. (KFTA) — Colder temperatures have arrived and that means it’s time to see how energy efficient your home is, and what steps you need to take to winterize it.
Prepping your home for the cold is necessary to make sure your family stays safe, and keep the energy bill down.
Kyle Curry, the Deputy Director of Washington County Emergency Management says first and foremost, make sure you have a working smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector.
He says if your heating and cooking equipment is not vented properly, or your appliances are old and don’t burn efficiently, it can produce carbon monoxide — the silent killer.
If you’re turning on your heater for the first time, Curry says the dust could burn off and produce a funny smell, but there’s no need to worry unless you see smoke.
There’s also a simple way to make sure your pipes don’t burst.
“If you feel that maybe it’s cold enough that you could have a problem with your pipes freezing, if your house maybe has a draft and it’s not insolated enough, you can crack your faucet and let the water drip just so you have moving water so it’s not able to freeze as easily,” Curry said.
When it comes to the outside of your house, Curry says make your hose is unhooked and drained.
Also be sure to blow out your sprinklers.
If you have a fire pit in your yard, the general rule is to keep it 50 feet away from any structure.
If you are burning anything outside, it should only be natural waste like brush.