Experts help Central Virginians get ready for frigid temperatures

Updated: Dec. 15, 2016 at 5:51 PM EST
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - It's not too late to make sure your home and car are ready for freezing temps taking grip of Central Virginia.

NBC12 followed one technician with Michael & Son around as he checked a home in Richmond. While he has several tips to keep your home warm, he stressed the importance of making sure your air filters are clean.

"This one is pretty dirty," said Chris Digirolamo, a service manager, during a routine check. "Keeping the unit clean is paramount in keeping the utility bills low."

Digirolamo also says keeping the thermostat at a constant temperature means less money out of your pocket.

"A good temperature is around 70 to 72 degrees," said Digirolamo.

He also says to check your outdoor unit and make sure it's free of debris.

"During defrost the unit needs to drain and it can't drain, the debris actually forces the ice up and it will cause the coil to burst or just in general stop air flow," said Digirolamo.

That can lead to repairs that cost hundreds of dollars more than a maintenance check. And when it comes to your pipes, make sure you let your faucets drip when temperatures fall below 32 degrees.

Homeowner Leigh Fountain is also taking some extra preventative steps.

"I unplug a few hoses. I stop up the water," he said. "I don't love the cold weather but I know it's something we have to do to refresh to have such a lovely spring."

And when it comes to your car, AAA Mid Atlantic has several recommendations:

  • get an oil change
  • get the hoses, belts and lights checked
  • check your fluids like your antifreeze and washer fluid
  • make sure your wipers are working

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