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Preparing for Cold by Checking FurnacesSubmitted: 10/01/2012

Ben Meyer
Executive Producer
bmeyer@wjfw.com

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RHINELANDER - Already late this week, temperatures could plunge as the Northwoods heads to fall and winter.

That means you'll begin to crank up the furnace for the first time soon.

High temperatures are still reaching the 70s.

But early fall is a perfect opportunity to look at your furnace.

"Usually now is a good time, definitely before the peak heating season, because that way we can try to catch something, in case there's something that's faulting with the system," says Ryan Black of Frasier's in Rhinelander.

Blacksays one of the biggest concerns is high levels of carbon monoxide from furnaces.

Leaking or inefficient machines can be very dangerous.

"A lot of times it's a flu-like symptom. Whole families can actually be experiencing that and think they just caught a bug, but next thing you know, it's the furnace and it's carbon monoxide poisoning," Black says.

Wisconsin law requires every home to have a C-O monitor on each level of the building.

Black recommends furnaces get checked once a year as well.

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