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Home and automotive professionals provide tips for the cold

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An upcoming cold blast could cause bigger problems than expected when it comes to some of your most expensive expenditures.

With only one month of winter officially over, many might say it's been rather warm, but starting this week Mother Nature is expected to shake things up.

"Were really glad we are getting it in, because with the cold weather we hope we will hopefully save on fuel bills."

Mike Popadich is preparing his home for the expected cold blast by installing new windows.

He turned to the professionals at "East Coast Roofing and Siding", but they say there are a few things you can do yourself.

"There are sealants you could put on. It's a plastic you can put on top of the glass that will insulate the window," said Shawn Stiteler who works at "East Coast Roofing and Siding".

And Jeff Jenkins who owns "Jenkins Plumbing and Heating" says you may want to take a look at some other parts of the home.

"We have to make sure that the outside water is turned off if possible, and make sure you disconnect the hoses from the faucet to make sure they don't freeze."

In case we get some of the white stuff, you should turn off the heat in your attic or else the snow could cave parts of the roof.

And for those of you who may be concerned about your car, there are some preventative measures you can take.

"Tire pressure is the key, low tire pressure in the winter months will cause heat to build up in the tires in certain areas and could cause blow outs and skidding. The tread is very important too," said Steve Torelli, a Mechanic at "Autotech Tire and Service".

In addition to making sure your vehicle is mechanically fit for the chilly weather automotive professionals say you should keep a few things in your car, including a blanket, an emergency kit, and most important, have a fully charged cell phone in case your car does break down.

Professionals say the preventative maintenance may cost you a few bucks now but could save you hundreds or thousands of dollars down the line.

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