Winter can bring a lot of challenges for those who live in the northern region of the country. For starters, snowfall and icy roads create a lot of problems in and of themselves. Anyone who is not used to these conditions can find themselves in over their head. Furthermore, just as dangerous is the cold of winter. So forth, it is important for each homeowner to secure the working operation of their home’s furnace before the cold season. To start, it is important to inspect several aspects of your home’s furnace. Afterward, it is important to clean your furnace ducts. The next thing you should do is stockpile furnace filters and change them out on about a monthly basis. Doing so will both ensure your furnace is working optimally, and it will prevent the breakdown of your furnace when you need it the most. You should also consider investing into a programmable thermostat versus a manual thermostat. Doing so will likely reduce the amount of workload put on your furnace over the winter, and therefore it will save you both money and from potential furnace failure. The next precaution perhaps is common sense, however, with a busy life, can easily be overlooked. If you don’t make it common practice already, make sure any and all flammable material is removed from the area surrounding your furnace. Once doing all that, you should also consider putting a carbon monoxide detector by your furnace as this may help you not only identify problems with your furnace, but it will also alert you to dangerous breathing conditions should they be present.