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Winter's around the corner. Is your home ready for the weather?

Storm leaves wintry scenes south, east of Cincy
Posted at 11:51 AM, Nov 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-01 17:34:07-04

CINCINNATI — Some people in the Tri-State have already seen snow, so now's a good time to make sure your home is ready for the wintry weather if you haven't already.

"We start our tune-ups actually around August because we have so many people in our program," said Josh Battelle, a HVAC technician with HELP Heating, Cooling, Plumbing and Electric.

Battelle suggests people check for gas leaks and carbon monoxide, as well as have mechanical inspections and a whole system cleaning in order to keep their house warm and safe in the winter. "What we wanna see is that it stays all at zeroes," Battelle said.

You should also check, or change your filter, once a month, according to Battelle.

"Gonna keep the efficiency where it needs to be," Battelle said. "It's also going to protect the equipment because if you have a filter that's too dirty, your furnace can overheat and cause other internal damage you don't want."

Another thing Battelle suggests is setting your humidifier to between 35% and 40%. "When you do that, pay attention to the windows in the house. If you see condensation, back it down a few. Wait probably 3 to 5 days."