Lewis Maclean September 2019


A Change Is in the Air

Are you ready for the cooler weather? This summer, temperatures were down from last year and meteorologists are forecasting a cooler autumn and winter. Already, our nights are getting chilly. As temperatures drop, more people reach for the thermostat to turn up the temperature in their home. They’re firing up their furnaces and boilers for the first time in a while — several months in some cases! Right now, we’re taking a lot of calls for tuneups and inspections, and it’s the perfect time to get those scheduled. We’re ahead of the peak heating season, which means we can get our technicians out to your home quicker. But once the cold weather really sets in, our techs will be booked out further. While we can usually get to each customer without a long wait, we always recommend scheduling an appointment earlier, just in case. Be sure to use qualified technicians from reputable companies to work on your heating systems. In the meantime, there are a couple of things you can do on your own. First, make sure your furnace filter is in good shape. If you need to swap it out for a new one, you can get that out of the way now. A clean filter helps your system run better (and keeps your home’s air cleaner). The other thing you can do is to replace the batteries in your thermostat. This is something that gets overlooked quite a bit. While some thermostats are hard-wired into the home, many newer models require batteries to operate. When those batteries die, you can no longer change the temperature or even turn on your system.

The next thing you know, you go to dial up the temperature and nothing happens. Sometimes people assume something is wrong with their furnace or boiler, and this can cause a lot of aggravation. So, just like your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, replace your thermostat batteries on a regular basis.

Of course, if your heating system is on its way out (it’s old or broken down) and you are thinking about replacing it, don’t forget about rebates! FortisBC, for example, offers a number of different rebates on heating systems. It’s one of the best ways to save money while updating your heating system. See FortisBC.com/rebates-and- energy-savings for more information. As we wrap up this month, I want to tell you about a new initiative Lewis MacLean is working on this fall. We’re calling it our Giving Back Program. Right now, we are accepting nominations for one deserving family to get a brand-new furnace and installation on us! All you have to do is send us your nomination. Tell us about a deserving family in the area who could use a new furnace. Don’t forget to tell your friends and neighbours in case they want to nominate a deserving family too! We want to hear their story! We are accepting submissions between now and Thursday, Oct. 31. Please send your submission to givingback@lewismaclean.com . Be sure to include your name, your nomination’s name, and why you feel they deserve a new furnace. We look forward to your submissions, and we will announce the deserving family in the coming months. And as always, we’re standing by the phone, ready to take your call 24/7, no matter your plumbing, heating, cooling, or drainage needs!

–Tyler Dillon

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