Experts Urge Preparation Ahead Of First Cold Snap

Friday, October 23rd 2020, 9:59 am
By: Colby Thelen

The last week of October is expected to bring winter weather and experts are recommending you prepare your car and home. 

AAA of Oklahoma urges motorists to get a seasonal check-up of key vehicle systems and read the maintenance requirements set by the car's manufacturer in the owner's manual.

Additionally, the company suggests making sure tire air pressure is correct and the gas tank is full. They also say to always carry a winter weather kit in your car. That may include snacks, water, warm clothes, and blankets. 

It's also important to make sure your home is ready for the fall in temperatures. 

At Air Comfort Solutions, each of the 50 technicians answered between six and seven furnace service calls every day this week according to technician, Kirk Ennis. 

He expects the company to be even busier when the second cold front arrives early next week. 

"It's going to be crazy," he says. "We're definitely going to be getting some hours in because all of those people that put it off up until that point are going to be calling." 

You may not be thinking about running the heat in your house considering temperatures reached the 90's earlier this week. 

Ennis says it's better to have your system inspected before the winter weather arrives. 

"There's a lot of things we look at that need to be done each year," Ennis says. 

He adds that safety features on newer models require a chain of events to happen before it will kick on. If one part of that chain isn't functioning properly, you could be without heat until technician is able to make the repair. 

Air Comfort Solutions typically sees a surge in call volume ahead of the first cold snap; however, it's not every year they see it this early.