GRAND FORKS — Winter weather is just around the corner and many people will be turning on their furnace for the first time this week.

One area business is urging homeowners to get their heating systems checked out now before temperatures drop.

"If you catch the problems early you don't have to call us when it's 10 below outside and it's a Saturday," said Tyler Thompson, a service technician for Vilandre's.

Vilandre's is peeking inside furnaces all around town ahead of the cold weather and they expect business to ramp up this week. A typical furnace check-up involves making sure all the parts are working properly.

If you're having trouble with your furnace, there are two things experts say you should look at: your vents and your air filter.

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"Make sure those are clear of snow, leaves. If you've got anything around there you want to make sure those are clear," Thompson said.

Checks typically take about an hour and cost around $75. Vilandre's technicians also recommend keeping the space around your furnace clear.