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Frigid November temps have increased demand for heating contractors

Better Business Bureau's Pamela Hernandez

Colder-than-average temperatures for November have many of us turning on our furnaces for the first time in months. This has resulted in a surge in demand for service calls to heating contractors. KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.

According to the National Weather Service office in Springfield, Missouri, the average high for Joplin is nearly 48 degrees. Even with sunny conditions, highs have struggled to reach the lower 40s over the past week.

This has forced many households to turn on the heater for the first time since last winter, and perhaps it’s left you searching for a repair person. Pamala Hernandez of the Better Business Bureau suggests searching their business profile before making a phone call.

“Consumers can find hundreds of BBB business profiles on HVAC contractors at They can browse BBB’s accredited business directory for heating businesses that have pledged to uphold BBB’s standards for trust.”

You can also read and leave reviews, file complaints and work with the BBB to resolve them. Also, learn how long the company has been in business and what services they provide. Daytime highs are expected to be near freezing on Friday before rebounding into the lower 40s Saturday.

Since 2017 Fred Fletcher-Fierro has driven up Highway 171 through thunderstorms, downpours, snow, and ice storms to host KRPS’s Morning Edition. He’s also a daily reporter for the station, covering city government, elections, public safety, arts, entertainment, culture, sports and more. Fred has also spearheaded and overseen a sea change in programming for KRPS from a legacy classical station to one that airs a balance of classical, news, jazz, and cultural programming that better reflects the diverse audience of the Four States. For over two months in the fall of 2022 he worked remotely with NPR staff to relaunch to an NPR style news and information website.