Heavy snow can pose a danger to heating systems


SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (WRGB) - With snow on the way, there are a few important things to keep in mind to stay safe and warm inside.

The first thing homeowners should be looking at, according to Appolo Heating President Marc Gladding, is the furnace vent piping on the outside of the house.

"If those pipes get covered in snow it will cause a no heat situation which could ultimately require a service call to resolve," Gladding said.

Gladding says snow could also block gasses like carbon monoxide from properly venting.

"That's obviously a safety hazard so everybody, regardless of the age of their furnace, should make sure they have a carbon monoxide detector in their house," said Gladding.

But he says a furnace that's not working properly and not burning fuel completely could also cause a carbon monoxide risk.

"Take a look at the flames in it and make sure they're burning more blue than orange. If they're burning orange, they're probably not burning as efficiently as they should be."

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