The FURNACE Type & Age May Make The Difference!

The FURNACE is part of the infrastructure and requires more individual attention. It is designed to heat all the components of the dwelling. Before chilly autumn nights set in, you need to make an appointment for your furnace's annual checkup. Without this yearly cleaning and inspection, a system can wear itself out quickly, pump deadly carbon monoxide into your home, or simply stop working.

We asked our local plumbing and heating expert to show us the proper steps that a service professional would follow for an oil-burning forced-air furnace; the basics on a gas system are similar. In both, fuel is mixed with air and ignited, heating a sealed chamber. Fresh, filtered air then blows across the outside of the hot chamber and into the heating ducts.

Homes with radiators have boilers instead of furnaces.

These heat water instead of air, but the annual checkup is similar. In all, the dangerous exhaust from the combustion chamber is
vented out a flue or chimney.


Whatever type of system you have, don't wait until it breaks down to call for service. A clean, well-adjusted heating system will save you money on fuel and prolong furnace life. Annual servicing is cheap—typically less than $100—especially when compared with
the price of a new furnace.

"You wouldn't wait more than a year to service your car,"
"The heat in your house is just as important."