Will your furnace be able to handle the frigid temperatures?

Don’t be surprised if yout furnace runs nonstop while the temperature in your home holds steady or even drops.

Temperatures are expected to be around minus-10 degrees, with wind chills dipping as low as minus-40 degrees overnight Sunday into Monday. Those temperatures are much colder than the average home furnace is designed to fight, local heating and cooling company owners said.

But homeowners can help their heating systems by putting in new air filters and making sure attics, windows and doors are properly insulated to keep heat from escaping and preventing frigid air from blowing in.

When homes are built, furnaces are typically installed based on the average winter weather in the region, Royal Heating and Cooling owner Bobby Price said.

The average temperature for Indiana at this time of year is around 35 degrees, so a furnace will struggle to keep up if temperatures stay consistently below zero, he said.

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