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When Should I Turn On My Furnace?

As the temperatures begin to drop and the crisp autumn air sets in, many people find themselves asking, “When should I turn on my furnace?”

With the chilly weather outside and the desire for a cozy and comfortable home inside, it’s essential to know the right time to fire up your furnace. In this blog post, we will discuss the factors to consider and provide some tips for a smooth transition into the heating season.

What To Consider When Deciding To Turn On Your Furnace

When deciding whether it’s time to turn on your furnace, there are a few key factors to consider. First, take a look at the outdoor temperature. Is it consistently cooler than 68 degrees Fahrenheit? If so, it’s a good indication that you may need to start using your furnace. Additionally, assess the indoor temperature. Is it dropping below 65 degrees Fahrenheit? If the answer is yes, it’s a clear sign that your home could benefit from some extra warmth. Lastly, consider your personal comfort. Are you feeling cold and uncomfortable? If so, it’s time to turn on the furnace.

Tips for Turning on Your Furnace

Once you’ve determined that it’s time to switch on your furnace, here are some important tips to keep in mind.

  1. Have your furnace serviced annually: It’s crucial to have your furnace inspected and serviced by a qualified HVAC technician before the heating season begins. Annual furnace maintenance ensures that any potential issues are identified and addressed, keeping your furnace running smoothly and efficiently. Regular maintenance also helps extend the life span of your furnace. You can take the hassle out of worrying about this maintenance by joining Bud’s Annual Maintenance Agreement. This includes both an annual furnace maintenance check as well as an annual AC check, discounts on parts and other maintenance, and priority scheduling.
  2. Change the filter: Before turning on your furnace for the season, remember to replace the air filter. Over time, the filter accumulates dust and debris, which can hinder airflow and reduce the efficiency of your furnace. By starting with a clean filter, you improve air quality and allow your furnace to operate at its best.
  3. Consider a programmable or smart thermostat: Upgrading to a programmable or smart thermostat can be a great investment. These advanced thermostats allow you to set specific temperature schedules for different times of the day. By programming lower temperatures at night or when no one is home, you can save energy and reduce heating costs while still maintaining a comfortable environment when needed.
  4. Adjust temperature settings wisely: With a programmable or smart thermostat, take advantage of its features to optimize energy usage. Set the temperature lower during periods when you’re sleeping or away from home, and schedule it to warm up before you wake up or return home. This way, you can enjoy a cozy home while maximizing energy efficiency.


A handyman replaces a filter on a furnace

Essentially, the decision to turn on your furnace depends on various factors, including outdoor and indoor temperatures, as well as your personal comfort. By considering these factors and following the provided tips, you can ensure that your furnace operates efficiently, keeping your home warm and comfortable throughout the colder months.

Don’t let the dropping temperatures catch you off guard. Stay proactive and enjoy a cozy and inviting home throughout the winter season by following these tips and guidelines.

Contact Bud’s Heating & Cooling for more information on furnace maintenance, installations, repairs, and replacements. Call us at 330-784-8373 for more information.

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