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Prepare for colder weather

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Cooler temperatures are rolling into South Georgia later this week.

The first real blast of fall weather could have some of you turning on your heat for the first time in a number of months.

The transition to colder temperatures in South Georgia usually happens over time, but this fall colder air is rapidly sinking into the area and now folks might need to turn on their heaters for the first time.

"Understand that over the summer that system stands dormant and dust collects on your heat exchange on your heat strips. First time you turn that on you are going to have that dust burn off," said Battalion Chief Kelly Harcrow. "Go ahead and give it a test if you smell a burn that's usually normal, but if it continues and smells like that for awhile or you trip a breaker you definitely need to get that looked at by a professional," said Clint Newsome Vice President of Albany Air Conditioning.

Doing a test run of your heating system is highly recommended.

"One this that you may want to do a head of time, since the weather is still nice is go ahead and open your windows and go ahead and turn that thing on for the first time and let it burn off. And you can go ahead and let your house air out awhile it's still nice outside and wait until it's extremely cold," said Harcrow.

A good way to prevent dust build up in your system is to have it serviced at least twice a year and change the filters frequently.

"They can one extend the life of your equipment and two you get better piece of mind knowing that you know when it does get cold weather that when you flip that switch you know you've had someone out there to look at it and you know it is going to turn on and run instead of hit the switch and hope," said Newsome.

If you are heating your house with a gas furnace make sure you get it inspected by a professional because if your heat exchanger has a crack it could be leaking carbon monoxide into your home.

Another good idea is to double check the batteries of your smoke detectors and make sure they are working properly.

If you would like to have your heater inspected you can contact Albany Fire Department, 431-3266, if you are concerned with the duration of the burning smell in your home or you can call Albany Air Conditioning Heating Co, 436-0341, for a professional inspection.

 

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