Cold Weather Blues

Been outside lately? Man, it’s freezing…literally. I haven’t overheard people complain more about the weather, since it was like 100 this summer! It can be a hassle no doubt. So I thought I would use this time to explain a few cold related problems and possibly prevention.First of all, just a little known fact, in any extreme temperatures, whether hot or cold, car batteries tend have trouble.  This summer, my battery died after an apparent overdose of extreme heat. It happens. If the battery is more than a few years old this is probably the suspect. Luckily, after growing up at a junk yard, my Dad knew what is was and we simply bought a new battery.My friend Laura is currently is having her car towed right now for the same reason, except this time it’s the cold! She was told by AAA that they are swarmed with these kinds of calls right now. All battery related.I don’t really have any tips to avoid this, besides parking your car in the garage, or maybe saving the tow and just buying a new battery.  But let’s just say, knowledge is power.The other issue with cold weather is the furnace. The best way to avoid problems is to have a routine maintenance.  One should change the filters every few months and try to keep hair and dust away from the burner. Also calibrating the thermostat will keep the unit coming on and off and the appropriate temperature. This means a more comfortable home and lower energy bills. Safety is also an important factor. Since gas furnaces are a source for carbon dioxide, make sure the flame burns steady and blue. If it doesn’t, address it immediately.So all that being said. Stay warm and dry. Bundle up and sip cocoa! If you got any other tips or ideas or simply want to rant, let me know! I’d love to hear from you!Cheers!Andra 

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