Thursday, June 20 2013 12:09 AM EDT2013-06-20 04:09:02 GMT
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards. WG&L leaders say the utility is paying $20,000 dollars a monthMore >>
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:41 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:41:18 GMT
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today. Century Pines Assisted Living Center threw a party for resident Charles Walker who turned 101 today. Walker wasMore >>
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:34:54 GMT
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing. A couple of businesses are thriving there. The new art park is open, and a sidewalk improvementMore >>
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:20:33 GMT
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come. Tonight, The Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority board began discussionsMore >>
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:51:07 GMT
Ravi Mikel Givens was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He is being held in the Dougherty County jail. Givens, who played ball at Westover and StetsonMore >>
Agents say that police responded to the apartment because of a burglar alarm. Officers found the back door broken open and went inside. That's where they detected a strong odor of marijuana, and saw pot in plain view.More >>
The Autumn wind is a pirate, goes the old poem.
This morning, that pirate came and stole our warm air.
At 5 a.m. Wednesday Albany was sitting at 71 degrees, by 9 a.m. it was 54. And the forecast calls for temperatures to drop even further. When it gets this cold, the best thing to do is to get to someplace warm, like in front of a roaring fire.
Leo Harrison lives in Lee County. He said, "we love it."
But Harrison is also a chimney sweep. This time of the year, people like him who clean and repair fireplaces get plenty of calls.
"My calls in the last two weeks have doubled up compared to the prior two weeks," he said.
The chimney sweep trade goes back nearly 200 years, but you shouldn't wait too many years to get your chimney cleaned.
"If it's a functional fireplace and you use it normal, it needs to be checked - at least checked - it might not necessarily need to be cleaned every year, but it at least needs to be checked every year," said Harrison.
A fire in your fireplace can burn as high as 450 degrees, so keeping things a safe distance away is important - especially when the fire has just been ignited.
Harrison tells us why. "You get the poppin' and crackin' and sparks are gonna come out."
Technicians at Safe Aire Heating and Cooling have been busy too, checking heat pumps and gas furnaces. Since furnaces are only used for heat they need some extra attention.
Matt Lane is from Safe Aire. He tells us why, "the furnace sits for nine months and with our climate, our humid climate in South Georgia rust and corrosion can build up in the furnace and it becomes a major safety hazard."
With gas, there's something else that you should do before turning up the heat.
"Ensuring that your Carbon Monoxide detectors are up to date, checking the batteries on those," said Lane.
While getting an inspection for your system is always a good idea, these are complicated machines. And they run - a lot.
Lane said, "that system runs up to 1800 hours a year."
So whether it's the most modern system or a part of the home that harkens back to an older and simpler time, keeping your heating system in good shape is a way to keep you warm this winter.
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