Avoiding furnace frustration as the weather gets cooler

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INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 3, 2014) - This weekend, a lot of us could be turning on the furnace for the first time in months. So how do you make sure everything's running smoothly?

FOX59 got advice from the experts to make sure your home stays nice and warm this weekend.

Dave Mejean of B & W Plumbing & Heating says the filter is the first thing to check.

“People lose track of time and they think ‘I just changed it’ but it turns out it might have been 3 or 4 months ago and the thing is pretty dirty,” he said. “So when you turn your furnace on for the first time it may short cycle a little bit because you’re not moving enough air through.”

Also, he says make sure you open your registers.

“Closing off a lot of registers is almost like having a dirty filter because the air has to flow through,” said Mejean.

And don’t be alarmed if there’s a smell when you start your furnace.

“You’re going to experience a little odor in the air like a burning metal smell almost and that’s pretty normal,” he said.

For more tips, watch the video above, and stay warm!

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