Ask Heather

Q.  When it got really cold this winter, I couldn’t get my home warm enough. Did a lot of people have this problem?

A. Yes. A variety of factors can prevent your home from warming up in extreme cold. Cranking up the thermostat won’t solve the problem—it will just cause your system to burn more fuel and waste money.

It could be that you’re in need of a tune-up to get your system running more efficiently, but it’s more likely that you have an older system that isn’t able to generate heat effectively. It could also be that your home isn’t adequately insulated or sealed.Your equipment contractor can assess your situation and offer solutions that can help you stay warm no matter how cold it gets, while keeping your heating costs down. If you don’t have one, we recommend Valley Plumbing and Heating: 724-842-1621.