Expert discusses risks of turning on heat for first time this season


With temperatures in the 40s this week, many people will be turning on the heater for the first time this season. However, heat technicians say this year in particular has been one of the worst for your heater. 

“This year has been especially bad because we’ve had major hailstorms come through and renovate our roofs,” said Scott Stephens, owner of Comfort Masters. “A lot of the time we are called out because vents have been disconnected by the roofers, and have not been put back properly.”

Without the vents clearing the heat, carbon monoxide can lead to inside your home.

“The carbon monoxide will dump into your attic, and can very possibly infiltrate into the inside of your house,” said Stephens. 

Even if you have not re-done your roof lately, you might still want to get your heater looked at as it could be costing you a fortune in your bills. 

“If you have a heat pump and it’s not running properly, it can cost an exorbitant amount of money to run,” said James Russel, owner of Aire Serv. “It will just keep running and running and running, and all that time it’s spinning the meter for you to pay.”

While it may be a hassle for you to get your heater checked out, it could be worth it in the end.

“You don’t want to have a fire, you don’t want carbon monoxide in your home, and you want to make sure that it’s safe and efficient for your family that’s living there,” said Russel. “That’s why you need to get it looked at.”

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