The turning leaves mean it’s time to get your house ready for home-heating season.
Joe Canosa of Mount Kisco Mechanical Service Corp. in Bedford Hills said his crews have been cleaning furnaces and changing filters on humidifiers for more than a month now.
“Every fall, people should have their filters done on humidifiers or have pads changed if it’s a bypass or similar type of humidifier,” he said. “If it’s an oil-fired boiler or hot-air furnace, they should call their oil company to schedule a tune-up and have the nozzles replaced and oil filters changed.”
This kind of winter prep is not a job for do-it-yourselfers, Canosa said.
“Oil is not as dangerous as gas if something goes wrong,” he said. “Gas is a silent killer. Oil you can smell something if something goes wrong, but it has dangers, too.”
Besides making the appointment for a service call, which should run about $140 or less for a oil burner, less for gas, he said, there are two things homeowners can do themselves: get a carbon-monoxide detector; and change the batteries in the thermostat, if the thermostat uses batteries.
“Any home that uses fossil fuels should have a carbon-monoxide detector,” Canosa said. “It’s code in new buildings but probably a lot more important in older houses.”
Fall is a great time to change the batteries in a thermostat.
“Heating season is a better time to replace batteries than cooling season,” he said. “If batteries fail in winter, pipes freeze. So homeowners should install lithium batteries once a year and it’s better in the fall.
“Go for the lithium battery,” he said. “It’s a little more expensive, but it’s only two or three batteries. Not a big deal, and homeowners can do it themselves.”
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