Some appliances are more important when the seasons start to change in the fall and your furnace is at the top of the list. Here are a few things that you should know about to ensure that the start-up when the leaves turn doesn’t cause you problems and potentially leave you out in the cold. As you might have guessed, the trick to having a problem free cold season as far as the furnace goes is maintenance and getting professionals to do the job for you is always the right move. Everything goes smoother when a professional annual check up is done to prevent any small issues from becoming bigger problems. Proper maintenance keeps your energy usage down and in some cases, might even be a part of the warranty. Of course there are a few things you can look after by yourself. During the summer months, the off season for the furnace, you might have used the space around the unit for storage. Now is the time to make sure there are no combustible materials in the way and that the air supply isn’t blocked. Check the filter to make sure you’ve got a fresh one to start the season off with. Accumulated dust and dirt can clog up vital parts of the furnace and cause it to break down eventually. A new filter in the fall starts a brand new routine that you should be getting back into. Finally, before you start the furnace up, some general cleaning is a good idea. Wiping down the outside casing is useful and going over the surrounding area is good practice as well. Oosterveld Heating and Air Conditioning is a family owned and operated business servicing Guelph and the surrounding areas. You can see their fine selection of Lennox equipment at www.oosterveldheating.com or call them at 519-837-2351 for more information.