Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - New Condos - — Kathy McCormick

Home is where the heat is. With an un­pre­dictable and some­times nasty win­ter in full swing in Cal­gary, it’s nice to cud­dle up at home — but it can be costly.

The av­er­age North Amer­i­can homeowner spends $800 to $1,000 dur­ing the win­ter heat­ing their home, says the Heat­ing, Re­frig­er­a­tion, Air Con­di­tion­ing In­sti­tute of Canada.

But for those in the north­ern climes, the cost of an­nual fur­nace main­te­nance is mod­est, es­pe­cially when com­pared with the price of a new unit, which can cost up­wards of $10,000, says the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Not only will a clean, well-ad­justed heat­ing sys­tem save money, it will pro- long the life of a fur­nace by five to 10 years.

Only an ac­cred­ited pro­fes­sional con­trac­tor should be used, the in­sti­tute says. He or she can en­sure that the unit is op­er­at­ing in the safest means pos­si­ble by test­ing for haz­ards like car­bon monox­ide.

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A clean, well-ad­justed heat­ing sys­tem can pro­long the life of your fur­nace by five to 10 years.

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