Knoxville experts offer extreme cold weather tips

Knoxville experts offer extreme cold weather tips

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"Pure straight antifreeze in a cooling system is not the best bet. Actually, it will freeze before water will," Bob Marshall said. "Pure straight antifreeze in a cooling system is not the best bet. Actually, it will freeze before water will," Bob Marshall said.
He recommends a 50/50 mix of water and antifreeze. He recommends a 50/50 mix of water and antifreeze.
You should also make sure your tires have proper tread and are properly inflated. You should also make sure your tires have proper tread and are properly inflated.
When it comes to heating your home, Damon Seal, service manager at Pioneer Heating & Air Conditioning, says a simple way to prevent problems is to change your air filter once a month. When it comes to heating your home, Damon Seal, service manager at Pioneer Heating & Air Conditioning, says a simple way to prevent problems is to change your air filter once a month.

By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - With winter weather here, now is a good time to prepare for extremely cold temperatures like the expected single digits next week.

When it comes to winterizing your home and car, experts say when the temperatures drop, there tend to be more problems with your car and furnace. However, they say there's plenty you can do at home to save money.

Bob Marshall, the owner of B & M Automotive in Knoxville, says checking the antifreeze in your car is one of the best ways to prevent winter road problems.

"Pure straight antifreeze in a cooling system is not the best bet. Actually, it will freeze before water will," Marshall said.

He recommends a 50/50 mix of water and antifreeze. Also, don't forget about your tires.

"One of the main things that you would want to look at is the condition of your tires. Do they have a lot of tread? Are they properly inflated? There's a wear bar on the tread of that tire, when it gets down to that wear bar you should replace them," Marshall said.

Marshall also says to put silicone around the rubber of your doors to keep them from freezing shut, make sure your cabin air filter is clean and changed when needed, and try to keep your gas tank full to prevent condensation problems. He says following these tips can save you money over time.

When it comes to heating your home, Damon Seal, service manager at Pioneer Heating & Air Conditioning, says a simple way to prevent problems is to change your air filter once a month.

"A good time to do that is when you get your KUB electric bill. Whenever that comes in the mail every month, change that filter then," Seal said.

Seal also says moving your thermostat up and down is a mistake. He recommends keeping it between 70 and 72 degrees in the winter.

"Just keep them set at one constant temperature, and if it's maintaining just leave it alone," Seal said.

Many HVAC companies offer a routine maintenance check on your home furnace. Seal says now is an important time to do that, because the colder it is outside, the harder the equipment has to work. That can mean a greater chance for problems.

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