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Being in Maryland myself, I know what you are dealing with now.

As far as the heat pump, I'd check 2 things:

1 - Is your outside unit free of snow and ice ? If not, air can't circulate thru the coils and there is less heat for the pump to extract.

2 - check your breakers / fuses to make sure 1 side of the circuit has not tripped or blown. You should have a set for the outside unit and a set for the air handler.

Does your thermostat have a lamp for "emergency heat" ? Does it light up ?

Most heat pumps I've seen have an emergency heater that is an electric element. It comes on when the demand for heat can't be met by the pump alone.

I had a Hp when I lived in Baltimore as a student and hated how drafty the place always was. It never blew hot air. Always around 80 - 90 degrees but it still felt cold :(

Now I have hot water radiators fired by either oil or natural gas boilers. I went oil this year. I could't take another winter at the mercy of the gas company.

It sure gets easier to live with a lower temp setting when you can see that oil gage dropping every day !


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