Jon Eakes

Weekly Maintenance for your Home

September – Week 38

Just like preventative maintenance on your car, if you take care of a few small items around the house every week, you can avoid many emergency breakdowns and expensive repairs.

Hot Water Radiators

Old fashioned hot water radiators often accumulate air in the system that makes for poor heat distribution because the water flow is interrupted by air pockets. Bleeding the air out at the beginning of the season is a good idea. You can also install automatic bleeders that help to keep the air bubbles under control. The only way I know of to eliminate the air bubbles in the system is to have a plumber install a SpiroTherm system that actually filters the oxygen out of your heating system on a continuous basis. For tips on getting more heat out of your hot water radiators go to the SEARCH tab above and check out "Hot Water Heating".

Wood Heating

A wood stove or fireplace is only half the wood heating system. The other half is the chimney. Don't start the heating season without having your chimney swept clean. Also inspect for obstructions, like birds or other animal nests in the chimney, and any loose joints in flue pipes connecting the wood burning appliance to the chimney. For a lot more information on heating with wood check out the SEARCH tab above for "Wood Heating".