Two mistakes that could cost you this winter

Bursting pipes and drafty air conditioning units could cost you

WILBRAHAM, Mass. (WWLP) – On another cold November day you may already be risking some expensive repairs or costly heat loss as we head into winter. Bill Sweeney, the owner of Mr. Home, knows one costly mistake many people make.

“A lot of people don’t realize they still have their hoses still hooked up to the faucets and that the faucets may still actually be on and they inadvertently leave the hoses or even leave the faucets on without doing the shutoffs or properly draining them,” said Sweeney.

If water is left in the pipe leading to the outdoor faucet, that pipe could burst if the water inside it freezes. “Oh I’ve had the burst pipes underneath the deck and it’s a pain to get underneath there so I’ve learned: open it up,” said Eleanor Soucy from Springfield.

To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, turn off the water to your outside faucet, then open your outside faucet and drain it of any water that might be inside and then close it.

It’s also important to protect your outdoor faucets with an outdoor faucet Styrofoam cover. It might not look like much, but it will keep some of the cold out and the heat in.

Also, don’t forget to buy covers for your in-wall or outdoor air conditioning units. “You’ll see the draft going out and the draft coming in and you’ll notice that’s all heat loss and energy going out the door,” said Bob Lanks from Rocky’s Ace Hardware in East Longmeadow.

If there isn’t a cover to fit your air conditioner, you can always tie a tarp around it.

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