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When it’s cold outside, we depend on our furnaces to
keep things warm and cozy at home. But what happens when all of a sudden one
night our furnace shuts off, or won’t turn on at all? When that happens, you
essentially have two choices:  You can
cuddle up together and try to keep warm until morning, or you can pick up the
phone and call an emergency HVAC repair company. Most people
would choose the latter options, but here’s the problem: Emergency HVAC
services are expensive. Fortunately, there are things you can do to at least
reduce the likelihood that you’ll have to make those late-night emergency
service calls.

Have you heard the expression, “An ounce of prevention
is worth a pound of cure”?  That adage
applies to furnaces as much as it applies to living a healthy lifestyle. The
more you can do to prevent problems in the first place, the less likely it is
that you’ll run into a situation where you are left to cure a problem, such as
making those expensive late-night calls.
It’s best to have your furnace inspected and
maintained regularly – usually once a year. During those appointments, the
technician can do a routine check of your HVAC system. Should any issues be
found, the technician can make recommendations for a plan of action to either
fix or, in some cases replace, the furnace. They will make any necessary
adjustments and give the system a thorough cleaning. All of these steps will
help to ensure that your furnace continues to work how you need it to, when you
need it to. 
Incidentally, in addition to ensuring that your
furnace works optimally and reliably, having a clean and well-maintained
furnace will also ensure that you don’t pay any more than necessary on your
energy bills.  A clean furnace will work
cleanly and use less energy, which equates to lower bills for you.
In addition to regular maintenance appointments, there
are things you can do as a homeowner to lessen the chances that your furnace
will break down at inconvenient times. Don’t push your furnace too hard. In
other words, keep your home a few degrees cooler than normal. You’ll get used
to the slightly cooler temperatures in your house but your furnace won’t have
to work as hard to heat the house. Less strain on the system will extend its
lifespan and increase the chances that it will perform when you need it to.

If you own a home, it’s very important to schedule
regular maintenance appointments to have your HVAC system cleaned. If you do
that, your furnace will be more efficient, reliable, and money-saving. And you
won’t have to end up calling a service company in the middle of the night on a
winter day when icicles form on the end of your noise!  Instead of shelling out hundreds of dollars
(or more) on HVAC repair NYC residents, take a preventative tack
instead.