When the weather is cold, the furnace business heats up

Furnace inspection

As heaters are working overtime this winter, heating and furnace businesses in the Heartland are as well.

Hindman/Person Heating and Air Conditioning's ten employees have been working non-stop as phones have been ringing off the hook. Mechanic Fletcher Person says his family's company receives 150 to 200 calls per day this time of year. They make an average of 30 service calls a day to keep up with demand.

Technicians say the best thing you can do to avoid a heating emergency during the cold winter, is as simple as keeping general maintenance requirements in mind.

"Filters are, I can't stress that enough, filters are the most important thing,â?? Person said. â??It's just like changing the oil in your car, you don't drive it 10,000 miles without changing the oil, you should protect your investment, change the filter, you know, Iâ??d like to tell people once a month, but every other month is more than enough."

He says if you experience a heating emergency don't hesitate to call for service right away, as pipes can freeze, creating an even bigger problem.