Keeping the home warm in winter

Keeping the home warm in winter
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - It was only a matter of time. After a warmer than average winter, cold weather has made it's way back into Region 8.

Temperatures across the area are expected to rise barely above freezing and even colder temperatures are in the forecast.

With all of the colder temperatures it has Region 8 residents heading indoors to stay warm, and to stay warm it is important to do a few things in your home so you don't get left in the cold.

Samantha Sparks with Whitten Creek Apartments in Brookland said they dealt with freezing pipes last year, but haven't had any issues this year, but now that temperatures are plummeting it has them giving their tenants the heads up on what to do when things get cold.

"Keep your cabinets open, keep your water at a luke-warm drip, if you're not heating a room, let's say a third bedroom or a spare bedroom or anything like that. Then you can close that door, you can turn that vent off," Sparks said.

Sparks said while it can save money to shut a few doors and close a few vents in the apartment it is still important that you keep the apartment at a certain temperature.

"Keep your heat on at least 60 degrees, you don't want it to go anywhere below that because then you do run the risk of the pipes freezing," Sparks said.

While the tenants will be busy keeping things in order in their homes, Sparks said it is a team effort and they will be working to keep the pipes warm underground through heaters that run between each building.

Beyond taking care of your apartment during the Winter, it can also be costly with rising electric bills to keep everything warm.  Sparks said that the office helps their tenants to give them ideas to save during these cold Winter months.

"Make sure you do take shorter showers, also your drier time.  If you have to dry clothes you can dry them, but make sure that you don't over dry them," Sparks said.  "All of those things at minimal usage of any of your electronics that way you make sure that your utility bill isn't so high."

All of this is important to note as we head through the rest of this week as even colder air than what was seen Monday is expected for the mid-end of the week.  

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