Tips on how to properly turn on heater this winter
Posted at: 10/09/2013 9:44 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4
It's that time of year where many of us begin to turn the heat up, but there may be some unintended consequences, like burning your house down.
The fire department recommends that your appliances and heaters be inspected annually by a Local Certified Plumber.
So we did just that with David Carrillo of Certified Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling.
He says there are many things that you can do on your own, such as checking your furnace filter.
"It's one of the main components to keep the furnace running efficiently and the way it should," Carrillo said.
He also tells his customers to get a plug-in type Carbon monoxide detector that they can keep in their home at all times.
As long as Carbon monoxide levels are low, residents should be in good shape.
Many may try to take an economic approach to warming their homes by using a space heater or oven, which is a big no-no.
"Carbon monoxide is the main concern again, so the stove is a bad idea," stated Carrillo.
Common costs for a seasonal check-up can be a little more than a hundred bucks, but local plumbers are willing to help out with installment plans if residents can't pay the full price upfront.
So don't be afraid to call in order to stay warm and safe this winter.