Experts: Make sure you’re ready before the cold arrives

Published: Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 16:57 PM.

“Pick a warm day to make sure; don’t wait until it’s freezing cold weather to change it over. Go ahead and test it while it’s warm weather,” he said.

By waiting until the cold hits, residents risk causing a back log with the air conditioning and heating companies since many people call at once when it’s cold and they find their system not working.

Kepes said that the company had a back log due to the mid-week cold snap earlier this month and dusting of snow that hit the region. He expected it to take a couple days to get caught up. However, he also expected one more cold snap to take place before everyone turned their heat on.

“We haven’t hit our cold, cold weather yet,” he said.

At Bryant’s Produce in Jacksonville, owner Emmanuel Bryant, said firewood sales have been “really busy.”

Bryant said that many people began buying firewood once the cold front moved in, and some have even begun to stock up at the produce market.

He said that typically older residents buy a cord to a cord and a half of wood at a time and then buy more when they run out. Firewood is running about $90 per half-cord or $130 per cord.

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