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When Should I Turn On My Furnace?

Now that fall is here, how do you decide when to turn on the furnace? In an effort to save money, you might be tempted to leave the furnace off for as long as possible. However, it’s wise to switch over to your furnace sooner rather than later. Here are some tips for making the transition from air conditioning to heating season in the September – October time range.

  • Test your furnace early in the season. Even if you don’t plan to run it all day, take the time to turn on your furnace for a few minutes just to make sure everything is working. HVAC companies tend to get inundated with requests for heating repair on the first bitterly cold day of the season. Beat the rush by making sure your furnace is ready to roll before those freezing temperatures arrive.
  • Schedule maintenance for the furnace. Even if it appears to be in working order, it’s important to tune up your furnace yearly to promote efficient performance and help prevent a mid-season breakdown. Schedule the visit as soon as possible to beat the rush of people scrambling to have their furnaces tuned up on the brink of a winter storm. The technician can also conduct any necessary repairs at this time.
  • Power down the A/C. If you have central air conditioning, turn off the power switch to the outdoor condenser unit once you’re fairly certain you won’t need the air conditioner again until spring. Don’t fully cover the outdoor unit since this could create condensation and corrode sensitive metal parts. However, you can cover the top of the condenser with a board weighed down with bricks to prevent leaves and debris from entering the unit.
  • Improve home insulation. To delay turning on the furnace, make sure your home’s insulation is up to snuff. The best place for a boost is the attic, where heat can rise and escape out of your home. By ensuring you have several inches of insulation on the attic floor, as well as insulation surrounding exposed stretches of ductwork, you keep your home warmer and save money on heating this winter.

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Still not sure when to turn on the furnace? Contact Arctic Air Conditioning for more help. We can perform furnace maintenance to ensure that, once you’re ready to start heating your home, the furnace is ready to go.

Testimonials
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”The technician was great. He diagnosed the problem within minutes. Very pleasant experience. He had me up and running within a half an hour.”

- Glen Weiner
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”Great service & very knowledgeable about the problem with our air conditioning system.”

- Yvonne Gross
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”Arctic Air just installed a replacement Central Air conditioner in my home The was led by Matthew who worked non stop all day and went over and above to work…”

- Mark File
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”As a person who spent over 30 years in the electrical contracting industry I am saying Thank you to Arctic Air for the most professional installation of a central air…”

- Reviewer
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”Javier, was very thorough, knowledgeable and professional. He explained to us what the problem was and what need to be done.”

- Florita Bacani
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”I had Kevin D come to do my yearly maintenance my central air. I love that you get a text and a picture of the tech who is coming to…”

- Alison Olker
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”Tech Jesse was very knowledgeable, thorough and explained everything he was doing. Offered alternatives to my repair and explained consequences of each. Arrived within 3 hours of my service call.…”

- Al Gerber
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”Sammy was thorough and helpful. He asked questions that did help him to test and verify our air conditioner. I recommend this company and Sammy to anyone who needs air…”

- Loma Gault
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”My air conditioner broke yesterday so we called Artic Air this AM at 7:30am. They had a repairman at my house at 8:15am and the job was completed by 9am.…”

- Jared Gold
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”Very punctual, professional and courteous service.”

- Noshir Tata
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”Great service, already my second service and each time they have shown up on time and provided excellent honest service”

- Cristian Alvarado
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”Completely Satisfied with Artic Air Conditioning. I was referred by my co-worker and glad I took his advice. My service technician Jesse Evert went above and beyond to give great…”

- Vinny Zapp
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”Very good , tech very nice and professional, on time,”

- Kenneth J. O'Connor
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”Easy getting an appointment, the follow up and updates on scheduling we're good, arrived in their time frame. Nick was friendly and helpful.”

- Melly D
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”Just had Anthony as my technician. He was professional and informative. I highly recommend arctic air as well as this technician.”

- Lori Bessner Tenen
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”The technician was prompt and courteous. He did a very thorough job cleaning and inspecting my air-conditioning system. I would highly recommend Arctic Air to my friends and family!”

- Karen Loso Aurilio
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”prompt service. informative. pleasant.”

- John Santillo
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”Thank you for helping me first thing this morning-after making an emergency call on a Holiday Sunday. Technician -Eric Reed came first thing this morning and was professional and courteous…”

- Kimberly Kaufman
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”I purchased my system in 2004 and have used Arctic Air Conditioning since then. I have them service the unit regularly. They are professional and reliable.”

- Nick Gaura
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”Had Arctic Air service my system. Sammy Castro, the technician did an excellent job explaining everything he was doing. Highly recommend Arctic Air.”

- Rich Colasuonno
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”I own a business and needed a technician to come out ASAP! Customer Service at Arctic Air arranged for next day service. When they arrived (2 techs) they were prompt,…”

- Judith Jones
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”Great job and the best tech. Always happy to do business with you guys. A big shout out to Howard!!!!”

- Alan Choback
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