Get Ready for a Freeze

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SPRINGFIELD — Friday is the first time this season many in the Ozarks will get below-freezing temperatures.

It almost seems that fall was too brief for the liking of many. 

People are prepping so their homes are protected, but those in apartments face a bit of a different challenge. 

Derek McCrae is the Director of Property Services with TLC who tells us, they advise to that their renters in their near 4,000 units to keep air moving to prevent bigger problems. 

With all those tenants, TLC Properties does its best to keep on top of things ahead of freezes like the one we’ll experience tonight, and next week. 

“You want to make sure you have plenty of air circulating. Make sure your heat is on, because a lot of times people will leave town and turn their heat off. You want to keep it at least 55 degrees, open all your kitchen cabinet doors, all your closet doors so you have air circulation,” says McCrae.  

With TLC units, one person being irresponsible with their cold weather prep can affect the rest of a unit. 

“Generally with our properties, they are 4-story units, so if you have a burst on the 4th floor, you lose a whole stack which is four apartments,” McCrae says. 

The same applies to a two story unit. Pipes bursting can affect what is below it. There are a number of things tenants can do to prevent serious issues, but TLC took precautions of their own. 

“About a month ago, we drained all of our irrigation systems and flushed those out so there are no freezes underground,” McCrae says. 

They also made sure to protect what can cause building-wide issues. 

“The biggest things for us in the building are the fire suppression sprinklers. Those run vertically usually in closet spaces, that’s why we are saying keep your closets open. We insulate them heavily and then we run heat tape so there is a constant heat source to it,” says McCrae.  

As far as saving money on an energy bill, McCrae says consistency is key to avoid big temperature swings, and just keep it comfortable for you.

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