Although it’s the beginning of May, the outside temperature remains frigid. The furnace is still laboring taxing to keep the apartment nice plus warm. I am looking forward to finally shutting it down plus opening some windows. I’m tired of paying such high monthly utility bills plus breathing in the same stale air. I realize, but, that even when the furnace is no longer heating the home, I can’t completely forget about it. At the end of the furnace, I constantly make sure to complete a series of tasks to ensure the furnace is ready again when needed. I guess a blocked air filter forces the furnace to labor harder to pull air through the system. This results in longer heating cycles, higher energy use, plus more wear plus tear on components. It also decreases comfort plus increases the chances of a upscale repair. During the winter, I change the air filter every month, plus I end the season with a wash filter. I hire a local Heating, Ventilation & A/C business for a thorough inspection, cleaning plus adjustment of the furnace. The specialist identifies any small issues plus corrects them before they turn into a upscale breakdown. I have a new condensing furnace which generates a good deal of heat by using minimal fuel. It requires an external intake pipe for the air supply. If this pipe becomes restricted or blocked, the furnace’s efficiency is affected plus there’s the worry of carbon monoxide buildup. I check to be sure the intake plus exhaust pipes on the exterior of the apartment are free of ice, snow, bugs, pigeon nests plus other debris.