EL PASO — The dropping temperatures mean a surge in business for some as everyone now seems to be scrambling to get their furnaces ready for winter. For many plumbers, it's one of their busiest times of the year.
The annual switch from summer's swamp coolers to winter's furnaces involves lighting pilot lights, draining water, changing baffles, closing valves...it's a process that those new to the southwest may find "baffling" Water left in the cooler's pan can freeze in winter's cold and damage the unit and water in exposed outdoor pipes can burst, damaging your home.
Not only do coolers need to be prepared for a winter's nap, but gas furnaces must be be prepared before it's safe to light the pilot light. After a good furnace cleaning and a new filter, your plumber should make sure that your furnace not only makes heat, but also doesn't produce dangerous amounts of carbon monoxide.
Even if you have all the proper equipment, it may be worth the money for the peace of mind to leave this annual chore for the experts. Those experts recommend using a carbon monoxide detector through the winter, especially if your home has an older furnace.