Tips to keep your home warm during the deep freeze

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As subzero temperatures grip the Twin Cities metro, crews at Hero Plumbing, Heating and Cooling in Minneapolis have been working around the clock.  

“It’s been the busiest time of the year for us,” said Josh Savage of Hero Plumbing, Heating and Cooling.

From failing furnaces, to burst pipes, owner, Savage says that the extremely cold winter weather is wreaking havoc on area homes.

“If there’s a chance your pipes could freeze, well tonight would be the night that you’re going to find out,” said Savage.

As the temperatures plunge, Savage has some tips on how to keep your home safe and warm. It all starts with the thermostat.

“What we recommend is to just leave it at 68 degrees and just set the hold for just a couple of days until we get through this cold snap,” said Savage.

As for avoiding frozen pipes, try this trick.

“If your kitchen sink is on an outside wall, we recommend you let the water trickle, just a small amount just to keep it from freezing up,” he said.

Another tip is to keep the cabinetry below a faucet open to allow in warm air. 

“One of the most common reasons we’re called out is dirty furnace filters,” he said.

To check if your filter is too dirty, shine a flashlight on it. If the light doesn’t shine through, the filter should be replaced. Dirty filters can be an easy and inexpensive fix, but according to Savage filters often go unchecked.

“And what that does is lead to - the furnace has to work harder and it can’t breathe as well and then shuts off on safety limits,” he said.

As the arctic blast bears down, Savage says that a simple check of some household items can save homeowners money and a lot of inconvenience. 

“It's easy to forget, it's easy to take for granted because we have such busy lifestyles,” he said. “Whether it's taking your kids to soccer practice or meeting the in-laws over the weekend, we have a lot pointed at us and we forget the simple things like changing your furnace filter, checking the venting on the outside of your house or putting new batteries in your thermostat.”