Nov 9, 2012 9:47 AM by Mike Powers - KPAX News
MISSOULA - The first significant snow of the season, along with the onset of cold weather, often brings the first visit to the thermostat or the space heater to warm homes in Western Montana.
But, home heating technicians say it's wise to take a few precautionary measures, before the really cold air moves in.
"Typically you want to make sure you have a clean filter. Plugged filters can cause issues with the furnace if there's not a clean flow. Make sure you have a carbon monoxide detector, if that goes off get a heating technician to take a look at it. Make sure you have a clean cabinet so there's no combustibles around it that can catch fire or get hot; cause issues that way," Jessie Lehnerz, a technician with Thomas Plumbing and Heating advised.
Some other helpful reminders to stay safe in the cold weather include: never using your oven to heat your home; having a three-foot "kid free zone" around open fires, space heaters, furnaces or wood stoves; and having heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected.