I just moved into a house located in the mountains. The area is very rural and private, and the views are amazing. My home is surrounded mainly by trees and is quite difficult to access. The abundance of trees and being located in the mountains makes the summer conditions never overly hot or humid. There is not any need for an air conditioner and I rarely have to run any box fans while I’m sleeping. The winter season, however, brings very cold weather in addition to snow. It usually starts to snow in early October and doesn’t stop until the end of April. The temperature outside can drop well below zero and the snow can pile up in huge drifts. This makes the household heating system important. The furnace needs to work effectively and be reliable. When a winter storm hits along with the roads being closed, a furnace malfunction is a safety risk. I make sure to take really good care of my furnace. Each and every fall, I contact a qualified HVAC contractor and schedule specialized maintenance. The HVAC technician completes a thorough inspection and looks for any worn or broken parts that will cause a problem. He then replaces the filter, makes sure the heat exchanger is working properly, checks electrical connections and lubricates all moving elements. The HVAC technician also cleans the many components by removing the accumulation of dust as well as other contaminants. Because of these measures, my furnace can handle the workload more easily, resists breaking down, and operates more efficiently. Using this approach also fulfills the manufacturer’s assurance requirements. Living up in the mountain tops, I am very conscientious regarding the yearly upkeep of my heating system.