Annual Inspection Ensures Maximum Furnace Safety, Efficiency

         Annual Inspection Ensures Maximum Furnace Safety, Efficiency

PR Newswire

CLEVELAND, Oct. 4, 2013

CLEVELAND, Oct. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Dominion East Ohio reminds customers
that an annual furnace inspection by a qualified, reputable heating contractor
can ensure that they receive maximum winter heating safety, comfort and

Besides helping customers receive maximum value for their heating dollars, an
annual appliance inspection can prevent any potential carbon monoxide
problems. Carbon monoxide (CO) detectors provide a second line of defense, but
they should not be used as a substitute for an annual furnace inspection.
Combined with an annual inspection, however, a single CO detector, placed in
the sleeping area of a home, offers additional peace of mind.

In addition to an annual inspection, customers should change furnace filters
according to the manufacturer's instructions, to receive the best possible
value for their heating dollars. For a listing of local contractors, customers
can call the Comfort Line at 1-800-427-1471 weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and
5:30 p.m.

While checking a furnace, the contractor should make a visual inspection of
all vents, heat exchangers and motors. A thorough inspection should include:

  oLubricating the blower bearings and blower motor as recommended by the
  oVisually inspecting all vents, the heat exchanger and filters;
  oChecking the pilot light if the furnace has one;
  oHigher efficient furnaces, without pilot lights, require the flame sensor
    to be cleaned and checked;
  oCleaning the main burners;
  oClearing the furnace area of any dust or combustible materials;
  oCleaning dust from the blower compartment;
  oTesting the thermostat to ensure the heating system works as it should;
  oChecking the safety components on the heating equipment, such as limit
    controls and pilot safety and pressure switches;
  oChecking the flue to ensure it is clean and open. Any fuel that does not
    burn completely can create harmful levels of carbon monoxide. The gas can
    collect in a home if a fuel-burning appliance is not working or venting
  oDon't forget the other gas appliances such as water heaters, gas logs,
    vent-free heaters, ranges and clothes dryers.

Dominion East Ohio is a unit of Dominion, one of the nation's largest
producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 23,500
megawatts of generation, 11,000 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering
and storage pipeline and 6,400 miles of electric transmission lines. Dominion
operates one of the nation's largest natural gas storage systems with 947
billion cubic feet of storage capacity and serves retail energy customers in
15 states. For more information about Dominion, visit the company's website at

SOURCE Dominion East Ohio

Contact: Neil Durbin, (216) 736-6239. E-mail:; Tracy
Oliver, (216) 736-6219. E-mail: Toll-free in Ohio,
1-800-556-4400; In Lima: Peggy Ehora, (419) 226-4866. E-mail:
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