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Local expert gives money saving advice for winter

Updated: 12/07/2013 7:13 PM | Created: 12/07/2013 7:02 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The cold in the Albuquerque metro is biting and it is only going to get worse.

Now is the time to make sure your house beats the deep freeze – both for safety and to save you money.

Richard Montoya of Joe’s Plumbing in Albuquerque says most busted pipes and frozen valves he fixes during the winter could have been prevented.

One mistake a lot of people make is keeping their homes too cold.

"It could cause a lot of damage on your home and possibly cost quite a bit of money to fix for the simple fact of not keeping your house above 55 degrees or so,” Montoya said.

He also says to invest in a safe space heater just in case.

"You can pick this up for around 20 dollars or so and have 1 or 2 plugged in anywhere on just a low setting,” Montoya said.

Another safeguard – that will also keep cold air from coming in – is insulation.

Montoya says to invest in covers for your pipes and to fill cracks and holes that expose your home to the elements with foam sealant.

Finally, keep an eye on your furnace. If you have not already, change your filters every year. They cannot be cleaned, you have to buy a new one.

"Any time you have your furnace fighting to operate, it's gonna cause stress on the unit,” Montoya said.

Make sure the furnace has room to breathe.

"You don't wanna use your furnace closet or utility room as a storage room at any time, always want to make sure these areas are cleaned up and dust free,” Montoya said.

One reason you might want to call a handyman is for an annual check-up. They can make sure your furnace is safe and running efficiently and that you are not running it higher than you have to.The cold in the Albuquerque metro is biting and it is only going to get worse.

Now is the time to make sure your house beats the deep freeze – both for safety and to save you money.

Richard Montoya of Joe’s Plumbing in Albuquerque says most busted pipes and frozen valves he fixes during the winter could have been prevented.

 One mistake a lot of people make is keeping their homes too cold.

"It could cause a lot of damage on your home and possibly cost quite a bit of money to fix for the simple fact of not keeping your house above 55 degrees or so,” Montoya said.

He also says to invest in a safe space heater just in case.

"You can pick this up for around 20 dollars or so and have 1 or 2 plugged in anywhere on just a low setting,” Montoya said.

Another safeguard – that will also keep cold air from coming in – is insulation.

Montoya says to invest in covers for your pipes and to fill cracks and holes that expose your home to the elements with foam sealant.

Finally, keep an eye on your furnace. If you have not already, change your filters every year. They cannot be cleaned, you have to buy a new one.

"Any time you have your furnace fighting to operate, it's gonna cause stress on the unit,” Montoya said.

Make sure the furnace has room to breathe.

"You don't wanna use your furnace closet or utility room as a storage room at any time, always want to make sure these areas are cleaned up and dust free,” Montoya said.

One reason you might want to call a handyman is for an annual check-up. They can make sure your furnace is safe and running efficiently and that you are not running it higher than you have to.


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