Every year, in the fall, I get a call from the local HVAC contractor, reminding me to schedule service for my furnace. Although I’ve always been conscientious about keeping up with regular maintenance, I never gave much thought to the benefits. I have noticed that my furnace has continued to operate without any major malfunctions for the last twelve years. I finally did a bit of research, and looked into the reasons why annual furnace cleaning, tuning, and adjustment is so important. During a seasonal tune-up, the contractor makes sure that the heating equipment is operating with proper airflow. If airflow is restricted because of a buildup contaminants, it puts added strain on components, which lead to more frequent repair, shortened lifespan, higher running costs and diminished comfort. Plus, those contaminants can be blow into the home and circulated, creating concerns with indoor air quality. With a thorough inspection, the technician catches small issues which might graduate into a major malfunction. By replacing any worn or broken parts, the technician keeps the system running reliable, helping you to avoid the disruption and cost of repairs. A scheduled tune-up is way more convenient than going without heat and waiting for a repairman on the coldest day of the year. When all components are running at their best, the furnace requires less energy, delivers more evenly distributed temperatures, and operates more quietly. Because the furnace burns fuel to generate heat, the combustion process creates hazardous byproducts such as carbon monoxide and formaldehyde. Even a minor problem can result in hazardous gases leaking into the breathing air, and putting safety at risk. Having safety verified every year protects your family and provides peace of mind.