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Columbia Gas of Ohio reminds customers to be safe if furnaces kick-on for “Summer Polar Vortex”

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio – While July is typically air conditioning season, this week’s “Summer Polar Vortex” may have some homes turning to their furnace for relief.

Columbia Gas of Ohio reminds customers that a home’s furnace needs to be cleaned and checked by a certified professional. Additionally, it’s important to replace furnace filters each month or according to the manufacturer's recommendations.

A recent study by Columbia Gas shows the majority of customers begin using their furnaces when outside temperatures reach between 53 and 65 degrees.

“It’s really a safety issue when we talk about utilizing an appliance that has been sitting idle for several months,” says Columbia Gas of Ohio Vice President and General Manager Dan Creekmur. “Taking time to test your furnace and ensure that it works properly is a simple step we usually recommend in October. However, thanks to this weather pattern, it’s a recommendation we’re making in July.”

Columbia Gas offers several energy efficiency programs for all income levels. These programs provide for a home energy inspection or audit, and safety checks of natural gas appliances. The programs also provide additional incentives to implement recommendations made by the professional energy auditors. More information is available at ColumbiaGasOhio.com/Ways-To-Save.

Columbia Gas of Ohio safely delivers clean and efficient natural gas to approximately 1.4 million customers in 61 of Ohio’s 88 counties. With headquarters in Columbus, it is one of the seven energy distribution companies of NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI) and is the largest natural gas utility in the state. NiSource companies deliver energy to approximately 3.8 million customers located within the high-demand energy corridor stretching from the Gulf Coast through the Midwest to New England.

Be sure to call 811 at least two business days before you dig. For information about natural gas safety and what to do if you suspect a gas leak, go to SafeGasOhio.org