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Winter Heating Season Has Begun

October 3rd, 2011 at 05:41 am

We turned our furnace on Friday. That's Firday, September 30. I usually like to wait until Oct. 1, but, it was cold Friday.

It would have been turned on Thursday, but our two young boys had thrown a number of toys, sippy cups, bottles, and other assorted items down into our duct system. I reached down and grabbed out everything I could from the ducts, and my wife screwed the register covers down on Thursday, solving half the problem. There were still some items that had to be recovered from the far end of the ducts in the basement.

So, on Friday, I bought some of the very large zip strips that attach the flexible ducts to the main. When I got home from work on Friday, I went down to the basement, and cut the existing zip strips, removed the various debris from three different ducts, reattached them with the zip strips, and turned on the heat.

Hopefully we have enough fuel oil to last through the end of December. We'll probably need another two $750+ fill-ups before heating season is over.

4 Responses to “Winter Heating Season Has Begun”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I've had our furnace on a few times already with the cool mornings. I'm just glad it isn't running constantly yet!

  2. North Georgia Gal Says:

    I had to turn our furnace on Saturday. I too was hoping to make it into October before turning it on.

  3. PauletteGoddard Says:

    What are the first two digits of your zipcode? I had considered turning on the furnace today: the indoor temperature is only 2 degrees Fahrenheit higher than the minimum no-furnace acceptable temp. I'm trying to get by with blankets, slippers and sweaters.

  4. Bob B. Says:

    48 - Eastern half of lower peninsula of Michigan.

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