As cool temperatures sweep through Central Arkansas, many people have begun preparing for the winter.
We set out to Verify some common winter maintenance misconceptions.
Question: Do I have to worry about the coolant in my car during the winter?
What we found: Rick Miller, co-owner of Christian Brothers Automotive said the coolant also protects your car from freezing temperatures.
Question: Will the temperature affect the pressure in my tires?
What we found: Rick Miller, co-owner of Christian Brothers Automotive said the temperature change can affect the pressure inside the tires. He says you can easily fix that by pumping air yourself, but you must make sure you’re not pumping too much air.
"Make sure you pressurize it to what the door says. Every door has a little sticker and, on that sticker, it says front tire pressure, at a certain amount, rear tire pressure at a certain amount," said Miller.
Question: Will small animals sneak into my house during the winter?
What we found: Caleb Ault with Arkansas Ultra Green Lawn Care said rodents will be looking for a warm place to live.
“As the temperature drops, rodents are going to look for a warm place to hide throughout winter so in your crawl places, underneath your house, they’re going to try and sneak in,” said Ault.
Ault also said the best way to fix this problem is by sealing any small openings in your home.
Question: Is it enough to turn my sprinkler off during winter?
What we found: Caleb Ault with Arkansas Ultra Green Lawn Care said the best way to protect your sprinkler system is to drain it and remove your pressure device.
"If you don't disconnect your RPZ, the water can freeze inside the bell housing," Ault said. "And it can cause the bell housing to break so then you will be responsible for replacing the RPZ, having someone install that and that could run you anywhere from $500 to $1,000."
Question: Does shutting off my heating system, while I am away from home, help me save money?
What we found: Mason Harshbarger, a senior comfort adviser with Airmasters Heating & Air Conditioning said turning off your heater completely could end up costing you more money.
“It takes way too long for the system to heat up the house, in turn, it makes it a little more inefficient,” said Harshbarger.
“Everything in the house cools off, your furniture, your walls, then when you come back home, it has to heat all that back up in order to maintain a comfortable temperature,” said Harshbarger.