Here we go with another one of these day names. I had to click on National Tune-up Day just to see what it was about. My first thought was tune-up your attitude. Sometimes I could use that. (Shh. Don’t tell anyone I admitted it.) Then I thought about a tune-up for my car. The more you do that, the longer your car lasts. Low and behold, it is talking about your furnace.

A heating system tune-up includes removal of dust and dirt in your vents, checking to make sure all your vents are not blocked or leaking, and your fuel-jets are working properly. Combustion gases should be analyzed and compared to the specifications of your furnace. The blower access door needs to be checked to assure a tight seal at the furnace. Fresh air intake grills should be checked for blockage; burners need to be checked for proper ignition and flame. The drainage system should also be checked for blockage and leakage. Drains and traps also need to be tested. Also, the blower wheel and motor, wiring and all filters should be checked for corrosion and damage. [courtesy of National Day of Calendar]

We had our furnace tuned-up last year and found out it had a crack on a part I can’t remember the name of, but it meant a new furnace was added to the “must be done soon” list. When we bought our house, there was a pile of owner’s manuals both in the basement and the kitchen. The previous owners had left them along with the dates of purchase and prices paid of all appliances. Our furnace had been installed in 1991. Wow! That’s twenty-six years ago. No wonder it was time for a new one. Our old furnace worked at 76% efficiency, that’s how they worked back then. Our new one works at 96%, and though my husband whines about the weather from October first to May first, we are anxious for some cold temperatures to see how warm our new baby keeps us for so much less money.

If you haven’t done it in a while, I suggest you show your furnace some love and get it a tune-up.