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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.

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”I called Arctic Air with an AC problem. They came out diagnosed the problem and fixed it for me. Great job!!!”

- Annette Estevez
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”Matt was very helpful and explained all in detail. I would highly recommend Arctic team”

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”Excellent customer experience from estimate to installation! We installed a new central air conditioner since the one we had was ready for replacement. We received a few estimates and Artic…”

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”Excellent service. Our technician Joe V was courteous, professional and on time!”

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”Arctic installed my new HVAC system and has maintained it since. They have been nothing but efficient, polite, and responsive. When I had an issue (that I caused) they were…”

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”They are neat and clean, courteous and on time!!”

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”Tim was very nice, knowledgeable and was kind to wear protective gear outside and inside my house. Thank you for the great service!”

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”Good interaction and very professional. Wore a mask before entering home. Overall, fine courteous young man.”

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”I had a new toilet , bathroom faucet, and water heater installed. Everything was done professionally. The technician was on time. He was knowledgeable and patient. He ran into several…”

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”Arctic Air is very thorough and efficient. Technicians arrive exactly on time. Communication with the main office and technical staff is unsurpassed. Arctic Air stands behind their work.”

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”I have been dealing with Arctic Air for over 30 years and they have always been professional and honest. I started dealing with the owner Howard and his word was…”

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”My technician, Greg, was very thorough in looking over my unit and explaining all of my repair options. I highly recommend Arctic Air!!!!”

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”The Serviceman Frank fixed my thermostat as well as answered questions about my air conditioning system. I'm very happy with the good service.”

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”A/C not working after i removed the thermostat to paint. Ed immediately recognised the problem. He connected a Nest thermostat that i couldn't get to work. After making sure it…”

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”As usual, Arctic fixed our plumbing issues and made suggestions for improvements. I highly recommend them for plumbing, heading, and air conditioning matters!”

- David Streit
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”Just set up two appointments for air conditioning preseason tune-up at the beginning of the month. Very smooth. Today the technician came in to do the work. Very nice guy.…”

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