When Should I Turn My Furnace On?

It’s that annual autumn conundrum: when should I turn my furnace on? Most of us try to hold out as long as possible, but there are some benefits to doing a furnace check, even if you don’t plan to keep it running. Giving your furnace some time to warm up and “stretch its legs” is important to gauge its functionality and whether or not it needs to be serviced before the weather takes a turn for the cold. It’s better to know now than be sorry later!

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How will I know it’s time to turn on my furnace for the season?

A good rule of thumb is to fire up the furnace not necessarily when the temperature outside indicates to do so, but rather when you can feel the difference inside your home. While the thermometer may only read a crisp 55 degrees, inside your home it can feel much colder depending upon the size of your home and the quality of insulation. If you have small children or elderly family members living with you, comfort should come before saving cost.

Zone your heating

A great way to save money on heating costs is to zone or program your furnace to adapt to different areas of the house at different times. For instance, while the family is out of the house during the day, program your thermostat to turn the heat down and return it to your normal temperature in the evening. Using your thermostat’s programming feature will help you avoid forgetting to do this.

Additionally, you may not need to heat a spare bedroom or office space as much or as frequently as a bedroom or the living room. Set your thermostat lower for these rooms to even out your energy spend.

If you find your furnace does need a tune up or your troubleshooting leads to more questions, give Liberty Plumbing a call. We have years of experience to offer and we can have your furnace ready to run before the colder temperatures arrive.