Ask Gitta: Fall checkup time

  • If you haven’t done so already this year, have your furnace serviced by a professional.  Vacuum permanent furnace filters or change disposable filters in a forced air furnace system.
  • If you have a hot water heating system, bleed air out of the radiators.  Also make sure the boiler is fliled to the correct water level.
  • Vacuum electric baseboard heaters.
  • Consider insulating your attic, basement, or other areas of potential heat loss
  • After all the leaves have fallen, clean out your eavestroughs and downspouts to allow for water drainage in the spring
  • Insulate any long stretches of hot water pipe that run through cold areas of your house such as a basement.
  • Replace outdoor light bulbs now to avoid doing the job when it’s really cold.
  • Clean the ducts of your central vacuuming system.
  • Check your roof for any necessary repairs such as replacing missing shingles.
  • Trim any tree branches growing close to your home or driveway so they don’t cause damage during the winter.
  • Remove or cover portable air conditioners and have them serviced.  Cover condenser of a basement unit and turn o the electrical breaker that controls it.