TOM: The dead of winter is the wrong time to find out your heating system needs maintenance, so take time now to schedule a preseason checkup. Hi, I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete with today’s Money Pit Home Improvement Minute.
TOM: A heating system checkup is a great investment in function and efficiency and it guarantees comfort during the cold months ahead. It also helps to prevent more expensive problems and breakdowns.
LESLIE: Make an appointment now with a heating and cooling pro for a thorough checkup. Inspection points include cleaning the furnace, replacing its filter, and checking the burner to ensure that it fires correctly for efficient use of fuel.
TOM: A heating pro will also make sure that the heat generated is being delivered to all living spaces. And he can check the heat exchanger, a critical part of the furnace, for cracks or holes that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.
LESLIE: Remember, if you don’t take care of your heating system now it won’t be able to take care of you. I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: And I’m Tom Kraeutler. For more Money Pit home improvement tips, visit moneypit.com.