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Experts Share Tips For Safe Home Heating

Updated: Wednesday, November 13 2013, 11:42 AM CST

Turning your heat on for the first time can be life threatening if your heating system isn't properly tuned. Michael Luker, owner of Covenant AC & Heating says worst case scenario carbon monoxide can leak inside your home, endangering the lives of everyone inside.

Before you head to the thermostat, the experts at Covenant AC & Heating recommend you get your furnace serviced annually.  The checkup will set you back $65 and $95 for a full maintenance. It's also crucial that you change your filters on a monthly basis.

"If you change your filters every month like clockwork and use a filter that's designed for your system, it will make a world of difference," says Luker. If you don't know what filters are compatible with your system, ask your heating professional.

When you turn on your heat for the first time it is normal to smell smoke, but Luker says if it is heavy or an oily smoke and lasts more than a few minutes, that's a clue there's something wrong with your furnace.

Lastly, don't forget to check your fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they're working properly.

For further heat related questions, contact Covenant AC & Heating at 512-515-6946 or

By Ashley Miller

Experts Share Tips For Safe Home Heating

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