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Keeping Your Furnace Safe This Winter

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With temperatures falling, you're going to want your furnace firing up and with the wintry conditions; it could cause some potential problems.

Eric Johnson from Laney's says there's one major thing you'd want to protect your furnace from this time of year...snow!

"If you have snow buildup over the gas meter you just want to make sure to clear that out," says Johnson.

Snow should be at least one foot away from the furnace. If not, Johnson says it won't work properly and the same goes for the ventilation.

"Just making sure we don't have snow build up on our intake or exhaust there."

He says snow can plug the ventilation and stop the furnace from running. That's just basic maintenance like checking your furnace filter every month.

Furnaces are said to be silent killers. To be on the safe side you'll want to keep all flammable materials from around the furnace, have a working carbon monoxide detector no more than seven years old and make sure the furnace's burner area is clean. If you have an older furnace you may want to get it checked sooner rather than later. Over time, furnaces can develop small cracks in the combustion chamber letting deadly carbon monoxide into your home.

If you're not sure what to do, don't take any chances. Make sure you call the professionals to keep you safe this winter season.

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