Every fall, I hire a licensed HVAC specialist to come to the house and completed a routine inspection of my heating unit. I pay a small service charge, but it’s cost-effective. I have enrolled in a maintenance program because I want to make sure the furnace is operating at peak efficiency. Once the outside temperatures drop below freezing, the Heating system carries a heavy workload. By troubleshooting for any potential issues before the start of winter, I hope to prevent the furnace from malfunctioning or quitting altogether. I invested in preventative maintenance several years ago. We went through the coldest month on record. I came home from work one evening to find that the furnace had quit. I immediately contacted the HVAC company, but they were booked up, and wasn’t able to offer an appointment for six days! As the snow fell and the temperatures dropped, I was trying to get by with nothing but a small space heater and some wool blankets. I came to miss the furnace more than ever! Space heaters are fine for a small room, but failed to make up for the lack of a whole-home Heating unit. When I finally got the furnace repaired, I was determined to have an inspection performed every fall. Regular maintenance is the best way to prevent any major malfunctions during the coldest season of the year. I will continue to follow this proactive strategy because there is no way I want to go without the heating system if I can avoid it.