When I can hear the sounds of the Solon Comets football game I know it’s time to start getting my home ready for another winter.
Here is part 1 of what I do:
- Turn on my heater. I just want to make sure it fires up. You don’t want to find out your furnace or boiler is broken on that first really cold day when everyone else has the same problem.
- Have my chimney cleaned and checked. If you have a wood-burning fireplace it’s important to make sure creosote hasn’t built up. This can keep your chimney from venting properly, or even cause a fire hazard.
- Check my vent piping. I have a heating system that vents outside through PVC piping, so I make sure no plants have grown up around the piping. I look into the piping and make sure there is nothing in there.
- Test my carbon monoxide and smoke detectors and change the batteries. Use a can of compressed air to blow out any dust.
- Schedule my heating system tune up. I want to make sure my system is running as safely and efficiently as possible this year. I also order an extra filter so I have one on hand when it needs to be changed later.
Things can get busy at this time of year. Getting started on my fall chores early helps me make sure they don’t get lost in the shuffle. If you have questions about preparing your home for fall, call P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. We’ve been helping greater Cleveland homeowners for over 77 years.
Kim Nemecek works at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. After growing up in Cleveland, she lived in Florida for many years, working at an air conditioning company there. Kim has four grown children, two grandchildren and two spoiled dogs. She lives in Solon with her husband, Todd.
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