With winter fast approaching, here in Central Pennsylvania, it is time to get ready for those fast dropping temperatures. From your car, home and yourself we will give you some tips on how stay safe, snuggly and warm.
If you have notice, your car has been slow cranking it is a sign of a weak battery. Always unplug a phone charger when not in use. A battery loses 35% of its efficiency when the temperature is below sixty. During cold temps avoid short trips that can diminish the amount of reserve capacity of a battery. Using a car battery charger may preserve the life of your battery, however, if the battery is more than three years or older it is time to replace it. Keep washer fluid full and the gas tank at least half full during the winter. Always clean, flush and put new antifreeze in the car. Its always a safe bet to mount winter tires on your car.
Before winter, check all fixtures and appliances using water for leaks, look for any rust or erosion. Make sure your water pressure is between 50 and 75 psl. Soft spots, discoloration, warping or cracks near or around sinks, toilets, showers, etc. are signs of seepage that will require a call to the plumber. Check your furnace filter before use. Insulate pipes and hot water heater to conserve energy. In addition, setting thermostats at the same temp day and night will keep pipes from freezing and bursting. Check, for drafts and insulate to help keep heating costs down.
Don’t forget about yourself when cold temperatures return. Bundle up, three layers will keep you toasty warm, and eat warm foods. Mittens keep hands warmer than gloves. Make sure feet are warm and dry by wearing boots. Drinking water will help to maintain body heat. Always before driving check to see if roads are safe before heading out.