It was cool here last night so I fired up the heating system for just a few
minutes to be sure it is working. Check batteries in the thermostat if you
Now is the time to check it before all the service people are tied up on the
first really chilly day. Over a long summer sometimes things don't want to
start again, like blower motors, circulator pumps, etc.
Good reminder. Our system is in auto mode, been cooling until this
morning when heating came on. Went outside to walk the dog, light frost
covered lawn. Which went away as soon as sun came up. Now day time temp.
is still around mid-20 C. but night time temp. is like 2-3 C. due to
altitude here; more than 3000 feet.
Yes, that is very wise counsell. My heating and AC boss used
to complain about people who waited till the coldest day of
the year to insist on immediate service for a heater that's
been cranky for weeks. Much better to find out about the
In east TN we can get a cold snap (winters are way too short here),
but A/C is a lot more critical than heat. We are still having day
temps in the mid 90's. My backup plan is to fire up my Alladin
kerosene lamp which will quickly heat a small room (and blind you if
you look into it). I also have a natural gas fireplace. Test/replace
those CO/smoke detectors too.
If I read the current squirrel behavior correctly, an extra cold
winter is coming.
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