SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)– When WMass residents made their way out the door Tuesday morning they were greeted with subzero wind chills. The frigid air was a jolt for some, compared to the record breaking warmth so far this winter season.
Tuesday’s cold was also a reminder to take the time to allow your car time to warm up before you drive it. Car care experts warn even a new car battery only works at about 50 percent of its full power when temperatures are no longer in double digits.
When temperatures drop into the single digits there are a few issues that can pop up around your home but that can be prevented. Home heating repair workers, like Joshua Smith from Berkshire Heating and Air Conditioning were inundated with emergency calls Tuesday morning.
Smith told 22News natural gas and oil based home heating systems have multiple working parts that need regular maintenance check-ups to work as they should and to reduce the risk of Carbon Monoxide leaks.
“That equipment needs to be tested it needs to be cleaned it needs to be services to make sure that it’s, just like having a tune up on your car, you have to make sure its running properly,” Smith said.
He also told 22News if you didn’t have a maintenance check of your home heating system before winter started, now is the time to do it as there are likely many cold days still left to this winter season.
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