Yep, the furry guy has spoken. Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and you know what that means: six more weeks of winter and a late spring.
Okay, so maybe the groundhog isn’t right all the time, but you still need to make sure your furnace and heating system is ready for that possibility, even in Central Alabama. That means if you haven’t had a system tune up yet, now is the time to do it.
Your Dixie Electric, Plumbing & Air professional can catch problems before they start. Many homeowners ask the question, “Is this a service that I really need, and is it worth spending money for?” The short answer is yes. You are talking about your family’s safety and the investment you have already made in your HVAC system.
It’s about finding a problem before your heating system stops working in the middle of the night. If you have to hire a heating contractor to show up on a Sunday evening, you’re probably going to end up paying emergency rates and really wishing that you had paid for a tune-up instead.
Here in Alabama our winters aren’t as long as most, but the longer you continue to use your heating system, the greater chance that something will go wrong. Our Dixie Electric, Plumbing & Air technicians can also check for dangerous carbon monoxide leaks. This invisible and odorless gas can have deadly consequences. Only a professional with the correct testing equipment can determine if there’s a problem in your home.
Even if you don’t believe the groundhog, you still need to follow the boy scout motto and be prepared. That’s especially true here in the deep south. The price of our warmer weather is an earlier arrival of the severe weather season. Often times warm air mixes with leftover cold air and spawns some violent weather. It can be thunderstorms or a late season ice storm. Whatever it is you have to make sure you have a plan in place that includes an emergency kit with things like flashlights, a battery powered radio, and lots of extra batteries.
One thing we at Dixie Electric, Plumbing & Air know for sure, even if Phil is right, the winter will end and the summer heat and humidity will arrive soon enough.