Short and to the point, these last couple of weeks have been crazy with heat calls. Some of these heaters actually needed servicing, but some did not. What sometimes happens is that we’ll dispatch a tech only to find out that the heater is working, but can’t keep up. The problem is that most of the heaters that we have in this area are not designed for outside temperatures this cold. We usually experience temps in the low to mid 50s, and our heaters are only designed to take the chill out and that’s about it. However, when the temps dip into the high 30s or low 40s, it can be tough to heat your home to the point where you don’t need your snuggie. We are often asked, “Why isn’t better heating installed in the first place?” It all comes down to cost. For the number of days that we normally experience these temps, it’s simply not worth the extra cost involved in installing a more effective system. It also comes down to memory. Most of our systems are replaced in the summer time after a failure of our cooling equipment. When it is 95+ degrees outside and all we want is relief from the heat, it’s very easy to overlook heating options. This is especially true when alternative heating systems can add thousands of dollars to the bottom line.
So, to make a long story short, just hang in there. It will be my favorite time of year very soon – hot, humid and with those a/c units humming along.