The season to start up your home furnace is here. However, before you grab your quilt and a cup of hot chocolate, be sure you have done your due diligence and that you’ve prepared your furnace for the month. Because furnaces are not used in summers, they are in need of some maintenance and upkeep before you can begin using them again after such a lengthy hiatus. Maintaining them will help them stay in great condition, and most importantly, keep them from burning up into flames. Whether yours is a central gravity model, floor model, central forced air model, or wall model, here are 5 ways you can ensure your home furnace is safe to run.