Experts share home heating tips in brutal cold
By: Lauren Hensley
STATE COLLEGE, Pa.– With the region in the midst of a cold snap, people are bundling up, turning up the thermostat and pulling out the space heaters to keep warm. According to forecasters, there is no relief in sight, so home heating systems are working overtime, and which could be troublesome if it’s not in proper working order.
“When it gets cold like this you sometimes, you get a long run on something, and it could burn out switches and stuff like that,” said Jim Bilger, with Centre County Refrigeration and Heating.
Like heating systems, Bilger is working overtime. He said many of the problems he’s been seeing could have been avoided.
“I urge that in the spring and fall you get your furnaces checked out because something that like goes a long way,” said Bilger.
It’s recommended that a professional technician fully inspect your heating system once a year. If you haven’t done this already, it isn’t too late.
Something homeowners can do at home right now is to replace filters every two to three times every winter. This allows for better air flow and efficiency.
The other problem being brought on by this extreme cold is pipes freezing and bursting.
“We had another apartment building where their lines froze and broke and until we got it shut off. There are four floors where apartments are flooding,” said Tony Berrena, assistant fire chief with the Alpha Fire Company.
First responders are seeing bursting pipes all over the county. Experts said in order to avoid bursting pipes people should, “Insulate any exposed pipes and try to put plastic over drafty windows. And if you have a basement window make sure it is closed,” said Bilger.
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