Safety first when firing up the furnace

November 10, 2017 12:37 PM

It's that time of year again. Time to fire up the furnace to brave the wintry weather. However, before you touch that thermostat dial, you'll want to make sure your house is safe this season.

Brian Hartman has been fixing furnaces for 20 years and when the winter weather hits, he gets the same call, year after year.


"Usually, they call us in the middle of the night. They've gone to bed and the heat was working and then probably right around 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning, the actually furnace breaks down. It's like 55 [degrees] in the house.  They're miserable. The kids are freezing," Hartman acknowledged.

He's already out and about inspecting home heaters. NewsChannel 13 caught up with him in Schenectady, helping a homeowner who didn't procrastinate.

"I don't want surprise in winter. I know it's becoming very cold - especially Saturday," acknowledged Alba Cazeneuve.

Surprises that could be downright dangerous.

"A lot of that stuff if it’s not checked is going to cause carbon monoxide issues," warned Hartman.

He says to check your heater every year, change your air filter and check the batteries in that carbon monoxide monitor.

The falling temperatures means the leaves are falling - and that could cause a fire if they’re sucked into your furnace.

"If there's any little leaf pile by that, it will definitely suck that up," explained Hartman.

He insists an annual checkup for your furnace is a must for all homeowners to guard against fire and carbon monoxide poisoning.

"That's our biggest thing. We don't want to hear anybody dying of carbon monoxide in this area. We try to avoid that. That's the biggest thing we do come wintertime," Hartman explained.

With cold winter nights ahead, you may be worried about the cost of heating your home. The good news, if you are eligible, New York State has announced an energy assistance program to cut costs.

More information:

MyBenefits: Home heating assistance


WNYT Staff

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