When’s the last time you changed the oil in your car? If you are a typical male, you may know off the top of your head. Other people may be vaguely aware of a sticker on the corner of their windshield that says when their next oil change is due (frequently about 2,000 kilometers ago). And then there are people like my youngest daughter who had heard about oil but was unaware that there was any need to do anything about it in her car.
So what about the systems in your house? For example when was the last time you changed your furnace filter? Some of you OCD people may have the change date written on a piece of paper beside your furnace. After pulling out filters that looked like they were carpets and hearing my furnace give me a sigh of relief, I started simply programming a notice in my phone every 3 months to remind me to change the filter. And I make it for a Sunday night because usually I am home on a Sunday night. If you have pets, you may want to change your filter even more frequently. Whatever works for you, have a system in place to look after the little, but important, details of the management of your home’s important workings.
Another thing that is often neglected is a furnace cleaning and inspection. For as little as an $85 service call, you can have a plumbing company come and look at your furnace. Most furnace manufacturers recommend an annual inspection and in some cases if you are not maintaining your furnace as recommended it may void your warranty. I know we look at new furnaces differently now. They are no longer the huge beasts that you could use when playing hide and seek. I used to pull the cover off of mine and oil the blower, check the belt and vacuum out the chamber. Now the one I have is so small and self-contained that I don’t think of it needing regular maintenance. Perhaps because I have to hire someone to do it instead of being able to do it myself, it doesn’t get done as often as it should. Just like how we used to change our own oil but now the motors are so compacted in there that you can’t even reach the dipstick much less the filter and plug.
So show your furnace some love this winter and have it looked at by a professional.