Winter is just around the corner, and that means the temperature will be going down, and you'll be turning your furnace up.
Before you do there are some important things to remember.
"I would highly recommend having a safety inspection performed to make sure everything is good to go for the winter," said Keith Blair, branch manager for Grogg's Heating and Air Conditioning in Clarksburg.
Professionals like Grogg's Heating and Air Conditioning can come into your home to check your furnace before winter hits.
"We check all the safeties and limits if they have those controls to make sure they are operating properly. We also check the heat exchanger of the furnace and the carbon monoxide levels as well," Blair said.
Blair said it's recommended to get your furnace checked once a year for one main reason.
"The biggest factor is safety. If you have a natural gas or fuel burning furnace there is the potential of carbon monoxide if there is an issue with it. It's very important to make sure it's not a danger to you or your family," explained Blair.
Blair said there are things you can do at home to keep your furnace working safely.
"As a home owner they can check their filter, change their filter, wash it, some of them are washable and some need replaced to make sure that's clean before they start," Blair said.
While preparing your furnace for winter can keep you safe, it can also save you some money.
"Having the unit cleaned, and having the blower wheel cleaned, dust on the blower wheel dramatically decreases the efficiency of the delivery of the air so not only is it keeping you safe it can also help you on your utility bills," said Blair.
You can find more helpful tips on preparing your furnace here.