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It's Time to Check Your Heater

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Sherman, TX -- Temperatures are turning colder. Our meteorologists are predicting low-40s when we wake up Saturday morning. Which means its time to talk heating and furnaces. Deeda Payton has what you should know before you turn on the heat for the first time this year.

Heating and air specialists recommend that homeowners clean and check their heaters and furnaces at the beginning of October. They say dust can build up and could spark a fire if not cleaned properly.

Allens Heating and Air Conditioning in Denison is staying busy with house calls, homeowners wanting to make sure it is safe to turn on the heat. Friday, I climbed up into the attic of one of their customers to see what exactly they do to maintain heating systems. First they showed me how they check the vents for dust and other particles that could clog the system or cause a fire. Then they turn on the heat and test it out.

Owner, Johnny Allen, explains their process. "Basically we come out and we make sure the systems clean, that's it's safe to run. Basically check the carbon monoxide levels to make sure they're appropriate." Tabitha Moore says she gets her appliances checked twice a year. "We do spring before we turn the ac on and we do fall before we turn the heater on. We feel like that will make the units last longer and we won't have as much trouble."

Checking the carbon monoxide levels is extremely important. Carbon monoxide is any un burnt gases that are given off by appliances. It is odorless, colorless and toxic. Fortunately, this house doesn't have to worry about it. The homeowner has been given the all clear.

Heating and air maintenance should be conducted twice a year, once in October and once in April. And, it should be done before you turn on your heating or air conditioning for the first time.
 

Deeda Payton, KTEN News.