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Halloween is around the corner, and temperatures are now dropping quickly in Martinsburg, West Virginia. This is the time to check your furnace after it’s sat idle during the summer. A few DIY maintenance tasks plus a good professional checkup will prepare your furnace to heat your home this winter.

Program Your Thermostat Properly

You haven’t used your heater thermostat settings since earlier this year. Check how you program a thermostat properly before you turn on the heat.

Has your schedule changed from last year? Do you still want to use the same indoor temperature settings? Have you recently installed a new thermostat?

Also, make sure you’re not following any heating myths. Turning the thermostat higher doesn’t heat your home more quickly. And turning it off when you aren’t at home doesn’t save more energy.

Remove Debris From Around Your Furnace

If your furnace is in a closet or the basement, chances are you’ve used the space around it to store a few things during the summer. That’s fine as long as the furnace isn’t on.

Before you turn on the heat, though, clear the space around your furnace. Get out the vacuum and mop to clean the floor, too. Dust plus the furnace’s flame is a recipe for disaster, and that’s the last thing you need during the holidays.

Schedule a Maintenance Appointment

The furnace has been sitting idle for months and needs an inspection. The best time for a furnace tuneup is before you turn it on for the winter.

The blower belt might have tiny cracks, or your exhaust vent might have debris in it from those summer storms. One of our service technicians will inspect your heater, recommend any major repairs and fix the minor issues immediately.

Don’t wait until the cold weather arrives to schedule your furnace maintenance. Call Griffith Energy Services at 888-721-5707, and we’ll dispatch a certified service technician to your home right away.

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