Winter in Louisiana usually starts at around December or late November, but this year, the season came a little earlier than meteorologists expected. According to KATC, the winter chill was felt in Acadiana as early as November 11, 2014, with temperatures dropping to the low 50s on Wednesday, November 12 and the much-lower 40s the following day. While dry conditions returned the following week, the sudden arrival of the winter chill could be a sign of things to come.
In response, the Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness issued warnings for citizens to prepare for bad weather in the days ahead. In addition, the Office encouraged everyone to inspect and clean their heating systems at home while they still have the chance. This means that those living in Bossier Parish and the surrounding areas should keep in touch with the best AC contractor in Haughton, if they haven’t done so already. Technicians from a company like Accutemp Cool and Heating can help households prepare for the change in weather.
Heating problems can be very difficult to detect, prompting the need for regular inspections. After all, no household can afford to have a damaged or faulty heating system when winter finally comes. The key lies in detecting subtle changes at home: unusually high heating bills, for example, are the result of furnaces consuming more fuel than they’re supposed to. On the other hand, the smell of gas near the furnace is a clear indicator of a gas leak—a serious hazard that requires the immediate attention of a skilled Haughton, LA heating contractor.
Homes equipped with heat pumps, meanwhile, also require the same level of awareness to detect anything amiss with their heating systems. Instead of gas leaks, homeowners should watch out for odd noises instead. If a heat pump groans or rattles every time it’s used, there’s a good chance that some of its components are busted. There should not be any odd sounds coming from the device to begin with since heat pumps are among the quietest heating systems around.
A little vigilance will go a long way toward helping Louisianans prepare for this year’s potentially harsh winter season. They just have to make sure that their heating systems at home are up for the challenge.
(Source: Extended Winter Chill Moving In, KATC, November 11, 2014)