Vacuum wall heaters, baseboards and fireplace
Tasks and Notes
The electric wall heaters and baseboard heaters need regular vacuuming to remain free of dust and pet hair, and operate as intended. On wall heaters, use a screwdriver to remove the cover first, then with baseboards and wall heaters, use a brush attachment on the vacuum hose to suck dust off the heater coils. The underside of the fireplace, where the pilot light and controls are, should also be kept free of dust and pet hair. Vacuum annually at least.
If Not Addressed
Dust will build up on the electric coils, when the heater is turned on, the dust will burn, creating a hot spot on the wires, smoke/soot stain on the heater surface, and increase risk of starting a fire.
You can vacuum the baseboard heaters yourself for free, or as an add on to your regular maid/housekeeping service. Consult your housekeeper for a fee schedule, it is likely less than $100.