Weatherizing update: Furnace maintenance keeps your home safe

By Joe Stoll - bio | email

Posted by Lisa Strawbridge - email

(WTOL) - The dip in the temperature outside means goodbye AC and hello furnace.

"Furnaces today have a lot more computer systems in them, a lot more sensors in them that need to be cleaned. It's very important that we keep all this cleaned," said Jason Shamy.

Preventative cleaning keeps Shamy Heating and Air busy this time of year. Workers are tearing apart furnaces to get them ready for cooler nights ahead. "They never break down at convenient times either. It's always on the weekend, middle of the night, holidays," said Shamy.

Technicians inspect every part. Shamy says cracked parts inside the furnace could leak carbon monoxide into your home, which can be deadly. That's why Shamy invested in an infra-red camera. It sees inside every inch of the furnace. "Everybody wants to know their families safe. Nobody wants to go to sleep worrying about their furnace."

While you're working on the furnace, don't forget about the fireplace, weatherizing your doors and windows and making sure your roof is in good shape and your plumbing is working properly.

It's proactive steps that could mean a milder winter for your home.

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