Christmas is right around the corner, and here in the south that means a couple of things. Of course, Christmas means peace on earth and goodwill toward man, but in my house it also meant something else. Every year, shortly before Christmas, we did the same tradition each year. Every year, we called in the HVAC company right before Christmas. The idea was to get the HVAC service crew out to inspect the furnace and make sure that it was in good shape for the winter. I will say that it is a tradition I still like to keep up. Sometimes, it is not even necessary to use the heater here in the south where I live, but even so, I want to make sure the furnace works when I need it. I need air conditioning throughout most of the year, but there are days when I really rely on my heater to keep both me and my household safe and warm. Did you know that without the heater, the water in your household pipes might freeze? If that happens, the pipes will probably crack or burst because water expands when it freezes. Using the heater on nights when it freezes outside is necessary to ensure your plumbing stays in one piece. When summer is right around the corner, I get my a/c inspected. When Christmas is right around the corner, I get my heater inspected. I highly recommend that you do the same thing! If you value your health, your safety, and your home, it is a good idea to always keep the HVAC system well maintained.