Getting your home and car ready for the cold

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- This week the Piedmont is expected to see temperatures dip into the 20s. Experts are reminding people to get their cars and homes ready for the cold.

John Budd is a chimney sweeper and has been busy going out on inspection calls. "We are looking for gaps, space between tiles, damaged tiles, looking for anything that can be a fire hazard," said John Budd, with John Budd Chimney Sweeping.

Budd recommends homeowners get their chimneys checked once a year just to be safe.

The change in temperature can be tough on our cars. Car experts encourage drivers to get their tires, tire pressure, antifreeze and batteries checked before the cold hit. Most garages will do routine checks for free. If your car does happen to need a new battery it may cost you more than you think.

"A battery five years ago that was $75 dollars is $125 dollars today. I think it's the chemicals inside they are a little more expensive," said Jon Crum, owner of Grease Monkey.

This is also a good time to also make sure you have an emergency kit in your car. An emergency kit should include bottle water, a blanket, a flashlight and jumper cables.