Although it’s the beginning of May, the outside temperature remains frigid. The heating system is still finally working hard to keep the condo nice plus warm. I am looking forward to finally shutting it down plus opening some windows. I’m exhausted of paying such high daily energy bills plus breathing in the same stale air. I realize, but, that even when the heating system is no longer heating the home, I can’t completely forget about it. At the end of the heating system, I typically make sure to complete a series of tasks to ensure the heating system is ready again when needed. I think a congested air filter forces the heating system to work 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 possibilities of a costly repair. During the winter, I change the air filter every week, plus I end the season with a disinfect filter. I hire a local Heating, Ventilation, plus A/C corporation for a thorough inspection, cleaning plus adjustment of the heating system. The serviceman identifies any small problems plus corrects them before they turn into a costly breakdown. I have a current condensing heating system which generates a great deal of heat by using minimal fuel. It requires an external intake pipe for the air supply. If this pipe becomes restricted or clogged, the heating system’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 condo are free of ice, snow, bugs, dove nests plus other debris.