RICHMOND (WRIC) - The arctic blast means you should start getting your home ready for the cold temperatures.
As people are getting homes ready for these cooler temperatures, experts say it's important to focus on areas you might not have thought about - the heating unit underneath the house and pipes are things that could really make a big difference.
Technicians at James River Heating and Air are ready for the cold blast and they say you should get ready too, starting with your thermostat.
"Get the temperature set where you want it set at now," says Thomas Pugh. "Leave it right there where you're at."
Make sure there's no debris or ice buildup on your heating unit, inside and especially out
"Turn the unit off pour some warm water - not hot water - warm water on it get the ice off the top of the unit," Pugh says.
As for pipes, leave cabinet doors under your sinks open, so the heat from your house can help keep the pipes warm.
Check your window and door insulation and your heater's air filters.
Experts says one other thing you can do if you have a crawl space underneath your house - leave a light on over the next few nights that way the extra heat may just be what your pipes need in order to keep from freezing.
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