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Getting your Home and Vehicle Ready for Winter

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA 21) -

Cold weather is moving in, that means it's time to get your cars and homes winterized.  There are some safety and savings tips involved with being ahead of the game.

Batteries failing and wipers blades not working properly are some of the common issues with vehicles in the winter.  It could be worse if you're not getting preventive maintenance. 

"Major components are your brakes and tires, because those are your saving grace as far as handling and maneuvering," says John Hart from Patriot Auto & Tire.

It's not just tire tread to look out for, but also tire pressure.

"For every 7 to 8 degrees of weather change as it goes down, you lose approximately 1 pound of air pressure," adds Hart.

Lights, belts and hoses, and topping off fluids are all cost saving measures in the long run.  Most auto shops will give you a free inspection to help you make sure you're winter ready.  Hart also says it's important to make sure you're checking the radiator, making sure there's fluid in there.  So it's all the little things that can go a long way, and that's especially the case when it comes to your home.

Connolly's Hardware and Rental manager Bill Marker says, "You want to insulate your windows and doors - outlets an switches - they make these little insulators.  You take your cover off, you put the insulator in and put your screws back in."

Marker says air could be coming from in between the walls.  That's just one of the many parts of the home you can protect from the cold, as well as wrapping your water heater.

"They make a blanket, it'll say on there 40 gallon tall, you get it, wrap it around there and put 2 rolls of tape around it, it keeps all the heat in," says Marker.

He recommends checking the filter in your furnace every 30 days, even if it tells you otherwise.

"If it's not exchanging the air well, well now the furnace is running more and more and more trying to get everything warm because the thermostat is saying it's cold but it can't get the air to shove over there to warm it."

There are no tricks to being winter ready, just being mindful on how to keep old man winter from robbing you of heating costs.   And an important reminder as far as safety goes, you want to make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working.

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