Turn Up the Heat

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With temperatures dipping into30s at night, people are ready to crank the heat and stay cozy inside. That makes this time of year one of the busiest for service technicians ready to ensure your heater works.

Carl Brauer, a service technician with Peaden Air Conditioning and Heating, will go to 10 to 15 homes in one day.

"Some can take five minutes easy in and out and some can take a few hours or a couple days," he says.

Brauer says people should test their heating or air conditioning system before the season turns. Right now, many wonder why they smell something burning throughout the house when the heat is first turned on.

"Anytime you have electric heat, dust settles on the heat strips during the summertime. You turn it on for the first time, you're going to get a smell, but if it should last after the first couple of days, I would start getting concerned and maybe make a service call to get it checked out."

Electric heaters don't cause all the problems. He says the heat strips for gas heaters need to be well maintained to prevent any debris or live wires from getting close.

"We always stress that people do have carbon monoxide detectors in their house, whether it's new equipment or old equipment if they're using a gas appliance, whether it's a furnace, stove, hot water heater or anything."

And whatever the question, Brauer says they will make sure you stay warm or cool, depending on the season.

Remember to use caution if you use space heaters instead of electric or gas heat. The units need to be at least three feet away from the wall or anything that can catch on fire.