About five years ago, I spent a fortune on the installation of a brand new furnace into my home. In order to take advantage of maximum energy efficiency and a whole bunch of convenient features, I spared no expense. I was forced to take out a loan to pay for the furnace, and I’d like to get my money’s worth from it. Hoping to avoid malfunction and extend the service life, I enrolled in a maintenance plan with a local HVAC contractor. Every fall, a technician provides comprehensive troubleshooting. He not only checks for any worn or broken parts, but thoroughly cleans the inner workings. Removing the accumulation of debris facilitates airflow through the system, promoting greater energy efficiency, comfort and reliability. I know that the air entering my home and breathed by my family is free from dust, mold and dander. There is less risk of respiratory infection, and far less dust on the surfaces in the home. Because the heating system is kept in peak condition, the various components do not need to work as hard or experience as much wear and tear. This should help me to avoid sudden breakdowns, keep running costs low and promote greater safety. When a gas furnace burns fuel to generate heat, it products combustion byproducts, such as carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and formaldehyde. As part of the maintenance plan, the technician inspects the burner, gas connections and heat exchanger, making sure everything is in good working order. I am certainly hoping to have the opportunity to pay off the cost of the furnace before I need to invest in a replacement.