How to keep your home safe and warm with temperatures dropping

Heating your home the right way

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -- Temperatures dropping means people are turning their heat on, but heating can be dangerous if you don’t prepare correctly.

Erica Cline, a heating unit technician for Morris Jenkins, has been waiting for temperatures to drop.

“I wanted to put on my boots and scarves and drink a pumpkin spiced latte just like any other girl," said Cline.

But now that it is colder, her work as a technician for heating has vamped up with thousands of people needing help to heat their homes.

“This is the first time people are turning on their furnaces for the first time because this is the first week it’s been really cold so a lot of these problems that may have been building up over the summertime come to fruition," said Cline.

Problems like a fire in Kings Mountain today because of a furnace that had gone unchecked.

“Today there was so much dust and debris inside the furnace that caught fire,” said Cline.

To avoid a heating fire, be proactive and clear out any dust or dirt in your unit.

To make your heating more effective, heating professionals say to use humidifiers.

You can’t heat air, you heat water in the air, so keeping humidity up will make your heating bill cheaper.

“Definitely make sure your smoke alarms carbon monoxide filters are up to date," said Cline. "People don’t realize those have expiration dates on them. A lot of sensors only last for 10 years.”

If you have a gas-powered furnace or water heater, you run the risk of deadly carbon monoxide in your home. Check your sensors to be sure they are still active.

Heating companies in the area say they expect to get a lot of calls this week as temperatures drop.

If you have any doubts about the condition of your heating system to please call your technician to check on it for your safety.

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