MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A local heating business tells WMBF News there were more than 100 calls in one day from people complaining about their heater. Call it a "southern living" problem, as experts say the weather just too cold for the types of heat pumps that are in most homes.
"It's a system overload for it," said Sam Smith, with Carolina Cool, a local heating and air conditioning business. "They're just not designed to work like a gas furnace, which is what most people that move down here come from."
That system overload will certainly cost more money on the next electricity bill. In this kind of cold, the electric heat strips kick in, and that's turning on an extra, more expensive source of heat to warm up your home. It can be unavoidable in record breaking weather, but there are some things to be aware of to make sure you can bear the bill when it arrives.
The cost efficient temperature in your home is 68 degrees. If the thermostat gets turned up, each degree higher than that will add another four percent to your bill. To save this winter, heating experts say it's a good idea when you leave the house to set your thermostat to 68 degrees or lower. Then when you come home and want to turn it up, only do it 2 degrees at a time, so you won't start up the extra heat strips and extra costs.