When the temperatures start to cool in Western New York, the furnaces turn on. The question is how cold does it need to be to do it?

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Now that autumn and cooler wheater have arrived in Western New York, it is the perfect time for the time-honored debate that is bound to be discussed in households from Lewiston to Jamestown:

When, exactly, is the right time to turn on your heat?

It seems like the summer warmth turns into cool dew on the grass and frost on the windshield really fast. Here's the thing, we all know it's going to happen. It happens every year and we still allow it to catch us by surprise.

Also, if your family is anything like mine, there are bound to be tons of arguments about it.

So when do you turn on the heat in your house for the first time? I asked my friends on Facebook this exact question and the responses are equally as surprising and expected.

Believe it or not, most people said that they have turned their heat on already and it's been on for a few days. That is so surprising to me because I am not one of those types of folks.

I am a firm believer in taking dad's advice on how to stay warm when it starts getting cold outside. Especially considering the fact that we're expecting energy prices to more than double this winter in New York, we all have extra reasons to keep the heat off for a few more days or weeks.

The heat in the Nice household is not on. In fact, I still have my central air conditioning on. Even if I didn't have the Air Conditioning on, the heat would still be turned off.

What about you? When are you turning your heat on?

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