Preparing for the big freeze? 21 News has some tips on how to prepare your car, furnace and holiday decorations to be safe during the cold and windy conditions. If you have to venture out in the next couple of days it’s important to make sure your car can
Preparing for the big freeze? 21 News has some tips on how to prepare your car, furnace and holiday decorations to be safe during the cold and windy conditions.
If you have to venture out in the next couple of days it’s important to make sure your car can handle it.
According to AAA, the battery is the most likely thing that will fail when the temperatures fall below freezing.
“The winter breaks down all the internal components inside that battery and then you get a really cold snap like what we’re expecting in the forecast and that’s the death nail in that battery,” said James Garrity, AAA Pittsburgh.
AAA suggests getting your battery tested if it’s more than three years old.
Also important…making sure your tires have proper tread and are inflated to the suggested PSI.
Staying inside? Make sure your furnace can take the cold. Rick Mazza says the phone’s ring off the hook when it gets really cold. The main reason? People not doing proper maintenance on their furnaces.
“People who have their air cleaner filters which are the wider filters, you want to change them every six months,” said Mazza.
The one inch filters need to be changed each month.
And make sure your furnace air intake pipes outside are free of snow and ice.
“A lot of times people think they are going to get a bug or an animal in there so they put a metal screen on it. When it gets real cold like this condensation builds up and freezes. Then your furnace shuts down,” added Mazza.
These high winds can reek havoc on your holiday decorations outside. If you have inflatable’s you want to make sure they are deflated this weekend. High winds will rip them apart and temperatures…they aren’t made for under 14 degrees. Make sure they are deflated until Sunday.