When the weather turns cold, it’s time to look after all those maintenance duties that make sure the family will stay warm and cozy in the approaching colder months. Here’s a seasonal checklist that will provide you with peace of mind. The first place to turn your attention to is the appliance that supplies you with warmth in the winter. Changing your furnace filter should be a priority even if you haven’t run the furnace during the fall season. If you want to be especially thorough, you can get a licensed technician in to clean the combustion chambers, burners and heat exchange surfaces. Combustion efficiency testing is another preventative measure that can help you save in the long run. Have a trained professional look at the pilot light and the thermostat to make sure both are in good working order. Keeping ahead of any future problems is the best position when you’re looking at those long cold months where the air in your home could become uncomfortably dry. That’s why you need to turn your attention to the humidifier in your home and change out the pad on that unit. You’ll need a snow shovel to clear the drive and while you’re shopping for one at the local home improvement store, make sure to get some batteries for your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, as well as your thermostat. Smoke alarms that are older than ten years should be replaced. Remember that your heating ducts can also be inspected for any joints that are not well connected and insulated. Take a good look around doors and windows for caulking that is cracked or peeling and repair as necessary. Oosterveld Heating and Air Conditioning is a family-owned and operated business servicing Guelph and the surrounding areas. You can see their fine selection of Lennox equipment at www.oosterveldheating.com or call them at 519-837-2351.