Tips to make sure your house is ready for winter

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — With cooler temps starting to roll into Southern Colorado, plumbing and heating technicians want to make sure people are taking the proper safety measures to protect their houses and families.

Due to the extended summer-like temps we’ve been having, employees at Olson Plumbing and Heating said people have been delaying getting their furnaces and pipes checked for winter.

They recommend residents get things prepped and ready before we get our first freeze right here in the Springs.

“Everybody is worried about their furnace working in the colder days, so they are calling in for their annual service at the last minute, which is okay,” Alex Allen, Service Estimator for Olson Plumbing and Heating Co., said.

Allen said it’s a good time to start disconnecting water hoses. Also, furnaces and filters need to be checked at least once a year.

There are a few signs to be aware of in case your heat is not working properly.

“If it’s short cycling or not coming on when it’s supposed to come on, that kind of stuff, or if there is an odor in the house, sometimes gas is burning right,” Allen said.

One area that can often go unnoticed is the cap up on your roof for the furnace.

“Hail that we get in Colorado actually pounds down on the cap and blocks it and creates other issues. So when they are inspecting the furnace they should go up on the roof if it’s not snowing or whatever just to take a peek at that,” Allen said.

The Colorado Springs Fire Department said to have at least one carbon monoxide detector on each floor and to make sure to check the batteries every year to protect your family.

“It’s definitely a silent killer. You have to have the detector to alert individuals in the residence to get out and call 911,” Carrick Patterson, Lieutenant for the Colorado Springs Fire Department, said.

The fire department said to make sure you have extra warm clothes, snacks, and bottled water in your car to make sure you are prepared in case you happen to get caught in a winter storm.

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