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Winterizing Your Home, Car During Frigid Weather

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by Shannon Royster

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As an extreme cold front moves into the Middle Tennessee area, it's important to remember the toll it takes on our homes and vehicles.

You can save yourself a major headache and some money if you take steps to winterize your property.

Bobby Armstrong with Ultimate Tire & Car Care said cars have been coming in by the dozens.

"As soon as it started to turn cold a few days ago we started to see dead batteries and cars that have automotive electrical problems," said Armstrong.

Armstrong said having your vehicle inspected will make all the difference.

"You'll want to check the belts, the hoses, the fluids and anti-freeze is very important this time of year," he said.

You also need to make sure to have plenty of windshield wiper fluid, keep a full tank of gas, and make sure you have the proper air pressure in your tires. Plus, Armstrong said you want to let your car warm up a few minutes to allow your vehicle's fluids to circulate before you drive off.

In addition to your car, you want to weatherize your home. Ellen Kotzbauer said she's having it done for the first time.

"I want to make sure its most efficient not only to save money but to reuse my footprint on the environment is very important to me," she said.

Franklin Clark with Music City Remodeling said good weather stripping around your doors and windows is a must.

"I want to make sure the gasket isn't torn and there's a good seal between the vinyl and the gasket," he said.

Heating units have been working overtime in the winter, so it's important to have it serviced and change your air filters. To avoid frozen pipes, let your faucet drip a bit. Clark also said there are things you can do outside.

"You want to make sure your foundation vents are closed," he said. "It just keeps air from circulating under the house."

He said to put covers over your outdoor water faucet to insulate it. "A home is a tremendous investment, and we have to keep it protected," he said.

You can also get help with winterizing your home with the NES in-home energy evaluation program by visiting their website

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