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Home Inspection: Time to turn on the heat


It’s time to turn on the heat. Lately we’ve inspected many vacant homes and condos that still have their heat set very low, or turned off completely. While this is a great way to save energy and money over the summer, once the snow flies and temperatures drop, it can be just the opposite. Check your thermostats and reset as necessary. If you are reading this from out of the county, and you have a rental property or a second home here, have your management company or maintenance folks turn up the heat. If you don’t have someone regularly checking your home, we advise you find a company that does just that.

Before winter is also a good time to get an annual heating system maintenance check. Just like your car needs a tune-up, so does your heating system. If it’s been a few years since a heat specialist looked at your heating system, or it has sat unused for several months, find a local technician knowledgeable in your type of system and make an appointment. Having your heat system inspected can save you from costly heat malfunctions over the winter months. If your home has been vacant over the summer, having the heat system tuned up is a must.

Since we’re thinking about fall chores, here are other things to consider: test gas appliances for leaks, replace weather stripping around doors and windows, call the chimney sweep and septic system pump people, test smoke detectors and install carbon monoxide alarms. As we’ve noted in a previous article, carbon monoxide alarms need to be within 15 feet of every bedroom.

You’ve been warned, don’t delay. A bit of maintenance and vigilance to the fall checklist will give you more time to ski this winter. Temperatures are down. It’s time to turn on the heat.

Patrick Wathen and Joni Ellis are the owners of Independent Property Inspections, Inc. They can be reached at (970) 468-9400.

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