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Fall maintenance

Here is a continuation on our series on Home Fall Maintenance

With Fall fast approaching, now is a perfect time to review a scheduled list of "TO DOs" , in preparation of a long cold winter.
Your Largest investment, your home, needs regularly scheduled maintenance to stay to good condition.

-Vacuum electric baseboard heaters to remove dust.
-Remove the grills on forced-air systems and vacuum inside the ducts.
-Turn ON gas furnace pilot light (if your furnace has one), set the thermostat to “heat” and test the furnace for proper operation by raising the thermostat setting until the furnace starts to operate.
 Once you have confirmed proper operation, return the thermostat to the desired setting.

-Check and clean or replace furnace air filters each month during the heating season. Ventilation system, such as heat recovery ventilator, filters should be checked every two months.
-Check to see that the ductwork leading to and from the heat recovery ventilator is in good shape, the joints are tightly sealed (aluminum tape or mastic) and any duct insulation and plastic duct wrap is free of tears and holes.  
- If the heat recovery ventilator has been shut off for the summer, clean the filters and the core.

A quick reminder that hiring a professional to help with any area of your home that youre not familiar with is always suggested.This list is only a small portion of an extensive list of maintenance tips and more suggestions will be posted every few days. Your largest investment deserves it.
thanks to CHMC for some helpful tips