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LETTERS: Good reminder to check your smoke detectors
In this day and age when many people can not afford regular furnace maintenance, I thought the following should be brought to the public’s attention as well as replacing the batteries in one’s smoke detector.
During a recent cold snap, I went home to find my home very warm. Thinking the furnace would soon shut off, I carried on with other activities.
After a while though I was sweating just sitting, so checked the thermostat. It was up to 23 C although it was set to turn off at 20 C.
Soon it was up to 26 degrees and I phoned the heating company that had serviced my furnace a month earlier, then sat with the doors and windows open until they arrived and fixed the problem.
Turns out on of the batteries we had installed was defective.
I would hate to think what would have happened if I had been away for a few days. I would recommend that the thermostat batteries be checked and or replaced regularly.