Ways to make sure your home is prepped for the upcoming cold weather

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HARRISON COUNTY, W.Va (WDTV) - Seasons are changing, and so is what people are using to keep homes at a comfortable temperature. Heaters are getting ready to be used for months on end, so knowing they're running properly in your home is essential.

"We need to make sure all of the safeties are working," says Brett Imperial, Director of HVAC Operations at McAtee Plumbing, Heating, and Air. "Let us check it out and make sure everything is going to be ok so there is no unforeseen incidences."

A potentially deadly thing to be on the look out for is carbon monoxide. This gas can be created if an older furnace has a crack in it, or if the furnace's flue pipe becomes clogged and the gas can't escape the home.

That is why every home should have working carbon monoxide detectors.

"I recommend one on at least every floor if it is a multi-level home, and also somewhere you can hear it. If you're sleeping and it goes off and you can't hear it then it doesn't do you any good."

Another problem home owners can face during cold weather is frozen pipes, but something as simple as a running sink can be the trick to saving your plumbing.

"You want more than a trickle," says Imperial. "People just let it drip and that really doesn't move water. You kind of want a steady stream to keep it moving. That makes it harder for the water to freeze. It can still freeze, just less likely."

Residents are also instructed to not run their air conditioners during cold days.

"You run the potential of damaging some important parts by running that. If it's Thanksgiving or Christmas and you're hot then open up a door or window to let air from outside in."

And even though weather has still felt like the middle of summer, residents need to prepare now, not later.

"Once you have your first 25 degree night and you turn the furnace on and it doesn't work then it's too late. Now is the time to do it."