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Preparing for Winter Means Checking Your Chimney and Furnace

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TRI-CITIES, Wash-- The colder weather means turning heating systems on and burning in fireplaces or woodstoves. The number one thing you need to do if you have a chimney is have a contractor come inspect it before using it. 

They will check for cracks because they can lead to smoke and possibly flames going into your attic. The biggest problem is improper use of your chimney, like not cleaning it or burning materials other than dry wood.  

Another winter heat reminder is maintaining your furnace. Have your outdoor compressor cleaned every year. Hire a contractor every 3rd year to clean the furnace, and look into upgrading your filter system.

"Air always has to pass through this coil and what doesn't get stopped by your filtration system gets bound up in your coil. The most imperative thing is keeping that coil very clean," said shawn mattoon, owner, bf power vac.

By routinely maintaining your furnance it will run more efficiently and will last a lot longer.