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Home furnaces struggle to keep up with frigid temperatures


Three robins sit in a bush outside a window at Jerry Clark's home on Bluff Acres Drive in Greenwood on Monday morning, when the temperature was 14 degrees below zero.

Don’t be surprised if your furnace runs nonstop and the temperature inside your home holds steady or even drops.

The thermometer showed minus 10 degrees Monday, with wind chills dipping as low as 40 degrees below zero. Those temperatures are much colder than the average home furnace is designed to handle, local heating and cooling company owners said.

Royal Heating and Cooling in Greenwood already has had an increase in service calls from people wanting a technician to tune up their furnace to prepare for the cold weather, owner Bobby Price said. Johnson Heating, Cooling and Plumbing also had a 30 percent increase in service calls on Monday.

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