The holiday season is a stressful time for everyone. From being on your feet shopping all day, to wrapping presents and having tape stuck everywhere other than on the present itself, the very last thing you need is for your furnace to blow. Let set the scene – you just finished buying your sons new boyfriend a gift (which didn’t want to buy in the first place), then when you get home, you feel colder in your house than you normally do. You go to the thermostat and turn up the temperature, only to hear a cracking sound coming from the furnace. Then silence. You know what this means – your furnace has just died. The first thing on your list is to call your local HVAC technician to see if you can get an emergency appointment. However, it is the holiday season, so the technician is a little backed up. You will have to wait for him to install a new HVAC and this may take a few days – both waiting for the appointment as well as the installation of a new furnace. This situation could have been prevented with regular inspection of your central heating unit. You should clear the area surrounding the HVAC system as to ensure that it is working at the proper level. This will not only alleviate the need for an HVAC technician to come to your house, but will also help keep energy bills low. This happens because the furnace will not working be working on overdrive at all times, but will now be working effectively because you have taken the steps needed to ensure that the furnace is free of debris and dust. However, in case you have an emergency and require immediate assistance, the best thing you can do is call your HVAC technician to set up an appointment – whether you might need a new furnace installed or just need techniques to keep your system running proficiently, they will be there to help you!