Growing up, my family and I lived in the northern part of the country. My town is known for having the most snowfall in the entire country, and the temperature is almost consistently below freezing in the months of October through March. Because the we relied on the furnace for about nine months of the year, we needed to make sure it was ready to go at all times. Once the furnace was on for the year, our mother liked to keep it on continuously to reduce the wear and tear on it, however she was consistently careful to keep the ducts and vents clean. She also made sure to not blast the furnace unnecessarily, however rather keep the home at a moderate temperature. One year, there was a storm so big that my family were out of college for almost an entire week. Unfortunately for us, we were also out of power! I remember being so happy about missing college until I realized that we had no heat! We did our best to bundle up under blankets and sit by the fireplace, however the small bundle of logs could only do so much, and luckily for me, our Mom was able to hook up a generator in our room so that we could run our furnace and use electricity again, and the rest of the storm felt like an extra Christmas break from college… Now I understand why my Mom consistently insisted on taking such great care of the furnace. It was nearly impossible to live separate from! I’m so happy that will be prepared the next time another big storm knocks the power out because no number of blankets and layers can make up for being separate from a furnace in the midst of a cold freezing winter!