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Experts say to check heaters for Waldo Canyon Fire smoke, ash this season

Published On: Nov 19 2012 05:34:07 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 20 2012 02:38:50 PM CST

Widespread smoke from the Waldo Canyon Fire impacted many homes. Experts say residual ash and smoke particles could be blown back into home when residents turn on their heaters.

As winter nears, many residents have turned on their heaters for the first time of the season, only to be unpleasantly surprised by smoke and ash getting blown throughout their homes.

Kurt Knaus, branch manager of Cooper Heating & Cooling, said these particulates accumulated in the ducts and furnaces during the Waldo Canyon Fire, when smoke was thick and widespread.

“Now that we fire our furnaces off, a lot of that dusty, sooty stuff that was there gets burned,” said Knaus, who added that these particulates could create respiratory issues for those living within the home.

Knaus said that while getting the furnace and air ducts checked should be done annually, it is particularly important this season because of the Waldo Canyon Fire.

“The first thing I would do is to have a licensed heating and air conditioning mechanic come out and check the system out,” said Knaus.

According to Knaus, homeowners can get a tune-up, inspection and cleaning for about $100.  At Cooper Heating & Cooling, this includes a carbon monoxide and gas leak check also.

Homeowners should also check their air filters.  Knaus said if they appear to be discolored or have accumulated as little as 1/16 inch of dust and particulates on the filter, it needs to be replaced.

“If indoor air quality is important to you, which it should be important because we all have lungs that we need to use, it’s a good idea to have your system cleaned and tuned and your duct system at least inspected to see if it’s due for a tune-up or cleaning,” said Knaus.

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