Experts urge you to check your heating units as temps begin to drop


“49 for tonight make sure you dress nice and warm.”

Gearing up for a chilly night, A-C and heating technician, Bobby Sonier said, there are some things you should look for before firing it up.

“Overall, have everything checked out, making sure your blowers are clean, making sure you don’t have no dust built up on the control boards.”

Showing me how heating units work, he said, not only should you look for things, you should smell for them.

“Sometimes you’ll get a little funny smell in the first ten minutes when the unit comes on and if you notices, it goes away, that the dust burning off the elements of the heat exchange” said Sonier.

Mark Miles with the Baton Rouge Fire Department said, when the temps drop, the department gets busy.

“It’s true that during the winter months that there is an increase in house fires but we try to preach the same thing all year around about safety.”

He said, along with getting your chimney and heating units checked, be sure you are properly using your space heater.

“Make sure you keep them 3 feet and from around anything that’s flammable. Make sure you plug them into and outlet and not an extension cord” said Miles.

While some units can be tricky, depending on the model, Sonier said if you need help, simply call an expert.

“Before you turn on the heat, it’s better to be safe than sorry.”

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