LA CROSSE, WI -

With temperatures dropping into the 40s and 30s many are giving in and firing up their furnaces.

And if you're one of those choosing to find some relief from the cold, there are a few things you'll want to do to make sure your furnace is running safely and efficiently.

Technicians with Schneider Heating and Air Conditioning recommend getting your furnace checked by a professional every year to make sure there aren't any parts about to break.

But if you haven't had time to get it looked at, as long as the air filter is clear you're safe to run it.

"If you haven't had someone out, and it's getting cold and you want to turn the furnace on there's really nothing to worry about with that. Check your air filter and make sure it's not plugged and then go ahead turn it on you know you're gonna be safe," said Schneider Heating and Air Conditioning service technician Jeremy Erickson.

When it comes to saving some money on your heating bill, experts recommend programming your thermostat to a cooler setting if you'll be away from the house for at least 8 hours.