When I replaced the furnace in my home, I debated over whether or not I wanted to invest in a proactive maintenance plan. I was a bit reluctant to invest more money into the heating system. Since it was brand new, I figured I could rely on it to operate properly for a few years without professional upkeep. However, the stipulations of the manufacturer’s warranty include annual service by a certified HVAC professional. If I failed to meet the requirements, a malfunction would not be covered, and I’d end up paying out of pocket. My local HVAC company offered a very affordable and convenient maintenance program. They call and remind me it’s time for service in the fall. A uniformed and licensed HVAC technician comes to the house and spends about an hour working on the furnace. He meticulously inspects all components, looking for any potential concerns and making any necessary adjustments. He also completes a thorough cleaning, removing the accumulation of dust and debris which could potentially block airflow, cause wear and tear, and result in higher energy bills. Because of this yearly tuning, I can expect the furnace to last longer, operate more reliably and cost less to operate. Included in the maintenance plan, I get priority scheduling and pay no overtime fees for emergency repair. Eventually, when the furnace finally wears out, I get a discount on the purchase of a new furnace. Overall, I believe that investing in the maintenance program was a smart decision. It should save me money and protect the value of the furnace in the long run.