Living in the northeastern part of the country, the winters are brutal. Our weather is cold for the majority of the year. We expect the temperature to dip down to twenty-five below zero. The average annual snowfall is approximately fifteen feet. We devote a lot of work, time and money to combatting the winter conditions. We need four-wheel-drive vehicles with snow tires and always keep an ice scraper handy. Somebody has to take care of plowing the driveway and shoveling the sidewalks. Our wardrobes include heavy snow boots, wool coats, sweaters and knitted hats and gloves. Before we can go anywhere, we start the car and let the defrost and the heater run for at least ten minutes. A supply of rock salt to melt ice off the front step is a necessity. The furnace is one of the most important appliances in the house. We can’t go without heat. The heating system operates for around eight months per year and the capacity and energy efficiency of it has a big impact. If the furnace isn’t putting out the maximum amount of heated air, the certain rooms in the house feel downright cold. When the system struggles and runs for longer cycles, the wear and tear can lead to malfunction. We can’t get by without a working heater. Whether it’s a holiday, weekend or middle of the night, it’s necessary to call for repair immediately. That sometimes means paying the higher fees for emergency service. I also worry about safety issues. The furnace burns fossil fuels to generate heat, creating carbon monoxide. A crack in the heat exchanger could create a very serious risk of this poisonous gas infiltrating the home. I have enrolled in a maintenance plan to ensure the furnace operates at its best. Because I have a licensed technician perform troubleshooting, cleaning and adjustment, I can be sure the heater is ready for the winter.