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Turning on your furnace for the first time this season

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KWWL) – As temperatures start to drop in Eastern Iowa, many people are turning on their heat for the first time, but some experts say you should get an inspection first.

Scott Knight, a senior service technician at Dalton Heating, Cooling, Electric and Fireplaces, Inc., said a simple safety inspection goes a long way. If you get your furnace checked right now when temperatures aren’t so bad, experts can fix potential problems before winter. He said you’ll be safer and your furnace will run smoother.

“Now is the time to do the regular service before it fails when you really do need it,” Knight said.

Many manufacturers are now requiring regular maintenance inspections when they honor warranty on furnaces, too, according to Knight.

Knight also said after some heavy rain over the past few weeks, you should not turn your furnace on if you’ve had flooding issues. Knight said if water gets into your equipment, you could potentially cause a dangerous fire.

Another tip Knight recommends to his customers: check your furnace filter often. He said many people turn on their heat for the first time to realize it’s not working, and it could be caused by something as simple as an old filter. He suggests changing it every time you pay your utility bill.

“People are great with maintenance on their vehicles, everything else, but they don’t change their filters on a regular basis,” he said.

While outside temperatures have been changing quite a bit over the past week, Knight said if you turn your heat on, keep it on. He said this will save you more money in the long run.

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Olivia Schmitt

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