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Before you kick on your furnace, use these money-saving tips

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SPOKANE, Wash. - For many, the colder temperatures mean it's time to run and turn up the thermostat for the first time in months, but while it's sat dormant, you should make sure your furnace is in good working order before you kick it on.
Our overnight low temperatures are going to be into the 30's by next week, which means it's time to turn on the heat. Before you do, make sure your furnace is actually switched on. This seems silly, but many may not think about this step.
Once it's on, the most important thing to do is check your filters.
"You should check your air filters before you start. Air filters will be located right beside the furnace and you should be able to just pull them out, take a look at them and see if their clean, or if they're dirty, you should brand new ones in for the heating season," said Mike Gifford with Banner Fuel & Heating.
Gifford says you also need to check the vents around your home.
"You want to make sure all your registers are open and if you have a gas furnace, make sure your gas supply is turned to the on position," he said.
Again, this may seem like a no-brainer, but Gifford says one of his customers had heating bills around $600 a month because her vents were not actually open.
If you have a programmable thermostat, this will help your furnace run more efficiently and save some cash each month.
Finally, to help distribute the heat and save power, run your ceiling fans in reverse.
If you've done all this and your furnace still doesn't seem to be working properly, it's best to call a professional.
"If they're feeling like it's not putting out the amount of heat that it had at the start of the season, there again they should call a company. There's not much they can do to adjust that, but things can get out of adjustment during the heating season," said Gifford.
Gifford says that if you try to fix your furnace yourself, you may just end up making things worse.