The days are getting shorter, kids are back at school and leaves are beginning to turn colors. This is the time to make sure one’s heater or heat source is ready for winter. There is no need to wait until the last minute. Planning ahead puts things in your favor.
Here is checklist fro the homeowner to make sure every thing is ready ahead of schedule and ones home is warm when it is needed:
Number 1: Have your oil burner cleaned before winter arrives. This should be done once a year. The heating and repair mechanic will vacuum out the burner, replace the filters and give the heater a dry run to make sure everything is working.
If you use electric or gas for heat turn the heat on before winter for a dry run to make sure everything is working. If it is electrical one may smell dust burning so do not worry. If one uses gas light the pilot and make sure it will hold a flame.
If one heats with wood then check the chimneys and make sure they are clear. This should be done at least once a year. Also check for cracks in the fire bricks and repair or replace any that is needed.
Number 2: Check the oil to make sure the tank is not dry. Do not take this for granted. This will give one time to have it filled before winter. If one uses propane check this as well to make sure the tank is full.
If wood burners are used make sure one has an ample amount of fire wood and a dependable place to buy it. Keeping extra wood around is always a good ideal. Always purchase wood from a reputable dealer. Never buy wood that is green or unseasoned wood. Green wood causes creosote to build in the chimney, the leading cause of chimney fires.
Number 3: Before ordering oil or propane take the extra time to shop around and find the best deals.
Number 4: Make sure one has a good back up heat source. This can be space heaters electrical, gas or oil. If one uses electrical heat for back up be sure to purchase a generator as well. With oil and gas all one has to do is make sure there is fuel, these two are much better for back up heat sources.
Remember to keep as many heaters around as needed and make sure one has enough fuel for at least two weeks especially if one lives in a secluded area.
Being prepared for what one knows is inevitable is smart thinking. Plan ahead do not wait until it gets cold planning ahead saves one money and inconvenience. Do not wait until the last minute and be at some serviceman’s mercy. Start early and shop around if one needs repairs or fuel of any kind.