Time to Check Your Furnace

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BRIDGETON, MO (KTVI)– A chill is in the forecast and heating and cooling companies expect phones to ring off the hook once the temperature drops.  The folks at Jerry Kelly Heating and Air Conditioning said they are already booked through much of October.  They are doing preventative care for many homeowners.

Although homeowner are advised to make sure their furnaces are inspected annually Steve Miles, the general manager and Jerry Kelly, estimated less than 10% of homeowner do have preventative care done.  Miles said, “Easily 99 percent of breakdowns are preventable because they`re all traced back to the lack of maintenance.”

Homeowner Gary Whiteside says he had his furnace checked each year for the past 30 years.  Whiteside said he does it for peace of mind, “I don`t want a problem at the wrong time and when I have them that normally when I have them at the wrong time.”

Miles said a checkup can find life threatening problems, “If you got a lack of combustion there,  the chances of carbon monoxide exposure are really high.”

Maryland Heights Fire Marshall Denis Drozbowski said when furnaces are not inspected they see the results first hand, ‘Every year in the St. Louis area we have one or two tragedies, sometimes an entire family subcumbing to carbon monoxide and it could be have been prevented.’

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