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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.


  • 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 bitter 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.

Heating Contractors Serving Middletown, Edison, Princeton & Surrounding Areas

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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”They answered the call very quickly. The technician diagnosed and fixed the problem quickly. The technicians were very polite and tidy.”

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”Arctic Air came to the rescue when another local vendor, Artem HVAC, did not show up for their scheduled appointment after waiting all day. Finally at 7pm , after not…”

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”quick service, helpful, problem repaired on first day, other advice given in regards to my system outside of what i called them for. would use agin”

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”On time ! Very thorough , great job. Artic air always comes through”

- Rick Bachmann
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”I almost never write reviews for any trades that do work in my home because I've found that most I use are usually satisfactory and get the job done. I've…”

- Alan Schwartz
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”Thank you for excellent customer service and extreme professionalism. Alex Gallo was so informative and friendly and the guys that came to do the job were great and very clean…”

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”Fantastic company. I would highly recommend!”

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”FINALLY! I found a company that's honest, reliable & has well trained employees who explain everything in detail.. Impressed with the whole company from the sales men who come to…”

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”Always reliable, work quickly, and reasonably priced.”

- Joseph Felicetti
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”We had a problem with our heat. They responded fast over the phone and within an hour they were at the house. Turned out to be a faulty flame sensor.…”

- Mike Green
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”Dan was exceptionally polite and professional. I would use arctic air again in a heartbeat. Particularly Dan. Very very happy!”

- Travis Fascia
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”Jesse did an excellent job and was knowledgeable in the furnace tune up process. I would recommend Arctic Air always. Thank you.”

- Vernon Fernandes
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”Jesse did a great job for us. Showed us that our humidifier had not been working for the past 4 1/2 years since we moved into our house. We hope…”

- Michael Klass
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”Got same day service for issue with my furnace. Michael C. was professional, friendly, courteous and wore protective shoe covers, so nothing from the outside was tracked inside. He explained…”

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”Shout out to Frank of Arctic Air for answering my frantic calls last night and walking me thru process to stop water from leaking furnace pump and huge thank for…”

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”It was my first time using Artic Air and have to say they were great! My furnace shut down on one of the coldest night of the year and they…”

- Lauren Johnson-Passanesi
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”We have been customers for decades and always find Arctic Air to be competent and reliable. Robert, the technician on our recent call, was prompt, professional, knowledgeable, and courteous!”

- Deborah Ross
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”They have always dispatched knowledgeable and courteous repairmen. I dealt with another company that whenever they came to my home (for routine maintenance) would try to sell me a new…”

- adele miller
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”Very nice Professional timely and knowledgeable Got an appt quickly Would use again”

- Jennifer Bracco Ring
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”Arctic air responded to our problem immediately and professionally. We had a 6 year old Trane HVAC system with a heat pump that stopped working. Their technician came out and…”

- Jeff Bouquio
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”Loved Michael C’s Service! He’s patient, kind, reassuring, prompt and knowledgeable!”

- Amanda Sura Isaacson
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”Dan was the best and he proved experience really counts to figure out the RCA with the issue I had. Thanks for the availability and support over the weekend.”

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