Tips to prepare your home for the snow and cold weather

Aire Serv Heating & Cooling owner Rob Saschse said Thursday there are ways to prepare houses for the snow and cold weather. (Lexie Petrovic/KRCG13).

Aire Serv Heating & Cooling owner Rob Saschse said Thursday there are ways to prepare houses for the snow and cold weather. Saschse said a large issue his company sees during this time of year are frozen pipes, and they're preventable.

"Making sure all areas are heated that have the water pipes," he said. "If you have hoses still connected to your outdoor faucets, you're going to want to disconnect them and turn that faucet off. Put a cover on it so the air doesn't freeze the pipe."

Saschse said keeping all areas of a home heated is important.

"If your furnace is in the basement, you're going to want to make sure the heat is getting to that basement to make sure the pipes are above freezing," he said.

Jefferson City resident Richard Bode said the cold weather has made him learn household tips the hard way.

"I did have my furnace go out about five years ago and it was during the coldest time of year," he said.

Bode said last weekend's storm is preparing him for the upcoming cold weather and snowfall.

"As wet as the last snow was, and as heavy as it was, anything that comes on top of that is just going to put more pressure on the roofs and more pressure on the gutters," he said.

Saschse explained the snow is heavy can add up and is strong enough to even rip gutters off of houses.

"Anytime we have a snow like we did last weekend where it's deep and then it starts to melt, all of that snow is trying to come and slide down," he said. "If you can clear off any of that snow as it comes down, clear it off as it comes down so it doesn't just pile up."

Saschse said it is important to avoid letting cold air escape into your warm home. He said often times this happens through space in between doors and windows.

"A lot of times people will put an extra layer there on the door so they can seal it from winds getting in, but the tighter you can make the house the better," he said.

He said to be aware of your thermostat during cold weather too, because drastically changing house temperatures can cause bills to spike in price.

"One of the big mistakes customers make is during the day when they're gone at work they will crank their temperature down on the thermostat and when they get home they increase it by a large number," he said. "What that does is really cause the furnace to work to catch up and that is not very efficient."

Instead, Saschse said to keep the difference in temperature to a minimum to save bills, and energy.

"Only make it a 2-3 degree difference so when you get back you raise it back up it's not using as much energy to do that and you get back to the temperature you want."

Saschse said people should have their homes checked every season to help prevent potential maintenance issues during weather changes.

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