Are you ready for the upcoming heating season? – guest blogger Dave Cobosco


Besides having your furnace or boiler serviced, if you have forced warm air heating there are two areas to make sure are addressed, the air ducts and air filter.


Air Ducts – To Clean or Not:   If there are no large deposits of dust, dirt or mold, or if no one in your home suffers allergies or asthma, having air ducts cleaned is probably unnecessary, according to advice provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  However, the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA )recommends that ducts should be cleaned under the following circumstances:

ñ The home has been remodeled.

ñ Water has damaged the home.

ñ There are four-leg pets.

ñ Someone smokes.

ñ Your carpeting is old.


Air Filter:  One maintenance item most homeowners can take care of themselves is the filter. The condition of the system’s filter or electronic air cleaner (if present) should be checked at least monthly during the heating season. Permanent, cleanable filters should be cleaned often during the heating season; disposable type filters should be replaced when dirty.



Keep your Fireplace Fit

To avoid unexpected mishaps around the fireplace, observe some simple precautions:

ñ Clean fireplaces annually, preferably by a certified chimney sweep.

ñ Use safety screens and doors for wood-burning fireplaces.

ñ Before lighting any fire, check to see that flue damper is open.

ñ Only burn dry, seasoned wood. Green or wet wood will not burn cleanly, increasing the rate of creosote buildup.

ñ Do not burn wrapping papers or evergreens in the fireplace. These ignite suddenly and burn intensely, increasing risk of a flash fire.

ñ Do not leave the fire unattended, and make sure you have at least one working smoke/fire detector.


Remember, these tips are only general guidelines. Since each situation is different, contact a professional if you have questions about a specific issue. More home safety and maintenance information is available online at Or contact:


Dave Cobosco


409 Middlesex Turnpike

Billerica, MA  01821

C:  508-479-1773

O:  866-313-7732

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