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As we’re moving into cooler weather, you’re probably finding yourself in a weird spot between wanting to turn on the heat but feeling like it’s too early to do so. In order to maximize the efficiency of your furnace for the coming winter, and also make sure your air conditioning unit will be okay come spring, there are a few tips you can follow and implement this fall.

Check Your Furnace Filter

Did you know that a dirty furnace filter is the number one cause for a furnace fire? Your furnace hasn’t been used for quite some time, and it’s about to be doing a lot of work for you over the next few months. Starting the season off with a clean filter just sets the stage for efficiency and comfort in your home.

Seal Cracks in Windows and Doors

You don’t want your furnace to be working double time this winter, so be sure that any cracks or leaks are sealed to prevent cold air from getting in. There are a few tests you can do to see if there’s air coming in through the cracks in windows and doors. The first and most obvious way to tell is by looking at the door and seeing if you can see light coming through. The next best way to tell is by holding up a lighter or lit match near the door or window and seeing if it flickers at all.

Winterize Your Air Conditioner

Since you likely won’t be using your air conditioning unit this winter, there are steps you can take to better prepare it to sit all season long. Take a look at this blog post for a full list of steps to take to winterize your air conditioner.

Get a Programmable Thermostat

Turning the temperature down while you’re asleep or away can help control heating costs in the winter, but can also help increase your comfort level during the coldest months of the year. If you’ve been away from home all day and don’t want to come home to a cold house, set your thermostat to bump up the heat 15 to 30 minutes before you’re due to be home.

Schedule a Furnace Tune-Up

Have you looked into our Rewards Club yet? We make it easy for you to stay up on HVAC maintenance with annual tune-ups and safety checks. Even if you’ve already started to use your furnace and it seems to be working fine, there could be safety issues lurking beneath the surface.

Schedule an appointment today to make sure your furnace is ready to go for the winter!