In the area where I live, the fall season is typically very short, rainy, and chilly. We switch from hot and humid summer weather without much warning. One day, we’re all wearing shorts and sandals, and the next day we need sweaters and boots.
There are a great many things that need to be done to prepare for winter, and not much time to do it. I always try to get the lawn mowed one more time, before washing, winterizing, and putting the tractor away. I need to get the snowblower out and make sure it’s running properly. All of the patio furniture and barbecue grill need to be stowed in the basement. The pool needs to be winterized. I dig out the winter boots, sweaters, gloves, snow shovel, and ice scrapers.
Also, I get my house ready for the winter cold, hoping to prevent energy waste and keep warm. With all of that going on, I sometimes forget all about having the furnace serviced. It is probably the most important job, because professional cleaning and inspection makes sure that the heating system is ready for the winter workload. The technician looks for potential problems, such as worn or broken parts, and fixes them before I’m faced with a sudden malfunction on the coldest night of the year. He cleans the major components to ensure proper airflow, optimize heating capacity, and reduce energy use. I like knowing that my gas furnace is operating safely, and not presenting a danger to my family. Even better, if I forget to schedule service during the fall, my HVAC contractor will call and remind me.