Although summer doesn’t “officially” end until Friday September 23rd, in my book I can count down the days on one hand. Sept 1 to me screams fall; the Pat’s kick into full gear, the Sox battle with the Yanks for the pennant, the real estate market picks up, and the vacationing, weekends away, and weddings start to dwindle as we watch the thermometer slowly plummet. As the air starts to get a bit more brisk (nice way of saying pretty damn cold), the homeowners “to do” list starts to get a bit bigger knowing what type of weather you can expect living in the Boston area as the days get shorter. Here are two things that wouldn’t be a bad idea to have someone take a look at as the demand for heat increases.
If you’re anything like me, once the weather gets below 40 degrees, burn away! The tough thing about having a fireplace is no one thinks of them until it comes time they want to use it, sometimes that’s too late. If you’ve never used your fireplace or are unsure whether it needs a cleaning/new liner have a pro come take a look, the risk vs reward just isn’t worth it if the fireplace/chimney is a fire hazard. As we get closer to the winter months and the first snow fall, chimney companies start to get quite busy and in my experience that’s definitely reflected in their price and availability. Get them to take a look before their schedules fill up, we all know how quick and unexpected the winter can come in New England.
It doesn’t matter if it’s gas/oil, forced warm air, steam, or hot water baseboard; it’s a good idea to have a heating contractor take a look at your system before the weather gets to a point where you need to start cranking the thermostat.It will run you about $150 or so (depending on system/size) but will hopefully increase the efficiency and they’ll replace any parts that are at the end of their expected life; so ideally it won’t fail when you need it the most. If it’s a forced warm air system, replace the filter, and don’t cheap out with the 59 cent filter, it’s worth spending a extra few bucks on the ones that filter pollen, dust, mold spores and not just birds and sticks! The high majority of people forget to change these out, but don’t neglect them, it’s an easy fix and it’s the air that you breathe; plus the cleaner the air circulating around your place, the cleaner the walls stay, the less often you have to paint and the less dusting you have to do, who likes dusting!? Boring.
Doing the work and looking into these potential issues now can save you money down the road. Don’t wait until there’s two feet of snow on the ground to call these contractors; because if they fail during their peak season or even worse, a holiday, expect your wallet to be a bit lighter when they leave!