KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WCYB) —
Temperatures falling into the teens to lower 20s in most parts of our region have some HVAC companies like McLain Heating and Cooling preparing for an uptick in service requests.
“Most of the time we haven’t had weather that really stretches our systems too awful but now’s a time where it’s going to use it to its maximum potential so it will pick up the calls for us for sure,” said McLain Heating and Colling Vice President Michael Horne.
But Horne told News 5 there are some ways people can be prepared.
“Just let your system run and let the auxiliary heat come on and do its part, it’s just catching the system up and helps it to just get through that point where it needs to get through those cold temperatures.”
He said the best temperature to set your thermostat at is 68 degrees.
“And don’t be alarmed if your heat pump doesn’t keep you at 68 degrees when we get down to these zero degrees, minus temperatures that we’re looking at for the weekend,” added Horne. “Your heat pump is going to struggle, it’s just the cold hard facts about it just let your heat pump do its work and try to stay as warm as you possibly can and try not to push it.”
Horne said to also try to keep your heat on its normal system if it all possible to prevent potential damage to your system.
“The more it turns and spins, the more it’s going to keep the ice and stuff off of the blades. If you do put your system in emergency heat, you need to make sure before you start it back up that you make sure your blades don’t have ice on them that could throw the blades out of balance so they break or come apart or stall a motor.”
The Tennessee Valley Authority is also urging residents to lower their thermostats ahead of the colder temperatures.
In 2022, power failures led to the decision by the TVA to implement rolling blackouts during dangerously cold conditions.
Officials are asking customers to reduce electrical usage where possible.