Sitting next to a flickering fireplace is joyous to me, especially while snuggling under a comfy blanket with a good book. Sunday football with the heated fireplace, reminds me of my youth. In the winter months, my dad always had the football games on the television, and a fire in the fireplace. Now I’m the dad of the house, and I love my winter football games. I can be found sitting by the fireplace rooting my favorite team on to victory, while my wife bakes a pumpkin pie in the kitchen. Thankfully, we have a well-working furnace that will keep the house warm during the cold winter months. The fireplace is great for ambiance, but not so great for heating the house. In fact, I had the air conditioning tune-up last spring, but now it’s time for the furnace tune-up. I don’t want to take any chances on whether or not the furnace will work when it needs to. So I’ll have the HVAC provider over to check the furnace out to ensure a well-heated and safe wintertime. I have several portable heaters for emergencies, but they are to be used only for emergencies. I really don’t want my kids moving portable heaters around my house. They can barely keep up with their school books, let alone a portable heater. They would just leave the heater on in an empty room, causing a possibly dangerous situation. Or I can opt to ensure that my furnace will work when I turn it on, and the kids won’t have to deal with the portable heaters at all.