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Temperatures drop, time to winterize your home

By Crystal Price
EL PASO, Texas - Cold overnight temperatures are on their way to the Borderland this week.

The first hard freeze of the season brings big business to heat and cooling companies in El Paso.

Heat and air technician Manny Hernandez with Kings Aire said the calls are just starting to come in.

"Come the first big freeze, that's when we'll really be busy," Hernandez said. "Each one of us is having about eight to ten more calls a day."

Hernandez said now is the prime time to turn on your heater and shut off your air conditioning.

"The minute that they start feeling that morning chill I think is best," Hernandez said.

One of the most hazardous things to watch out for when turning on your heater is carbon monoxide leakage.

"In a lot of the flue pipes is where carbon monoxide tends to slip through. Make sure all your connections on your flue pipes are nice and snug," Hernandez said. You don't want to have any gas leaks on your gas line because that's a potential hazard for fire."

Technicians said residents also need to remember to clean or change out their air ducts and filters every three months.

When protecting your pipes, Hernandez said that you should make sure your exterior hose bib is insulated.

He added that residents should leave a sink trickling to keep their pipes from bursting.

"When it comes to heating, your life is really at stake if you don't do it properly," Hernandez said. "So prevention is always a good thing."




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