IMMOKALEE, Fla. - Falling temps mean an increase in work for Russell Panos of AC 911, only these days, the emergency is heat.
"Today was my busy day," Panos said, still at work on a service call in Immokalee at 9pm on Tuesday. His Cape Coral company offers 24-hour service, often responding to homeowners with no heat.
"Some of the houses I've gone to today, 62, 64 degrees," Panos said. "They switch on, no heat's coming out."
A common complaint from homeowners is the smell of smoke after turning on the heat for the first time in a year. Panos says usually, its does not mean there's a serious problem.
"Most of the time when you turn it on you'll smell that burning dust, maybe even see a little dust, but its nothing to be concerned about."
For full-home heating systems, Panos says a professional is necessary with the complex wiring and electrical work involved.
So as the temps stay down, he'll keep working.
"Weather man says it'll be cold. I'll be busy tomorrow too I guess."