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NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – If it warms your toes or warms your insides, people are buying it now. Everything from firewood to potatoes are keeping registers ringing. Why? People are stocking up for the coming arctic blast.

The most certain prospect of freezing temperatures has the heating repair business hot, too.

“It’s a good idea to get that heater check done before it gets cold,” suggested Robert Worcester, owner of A-1 Worcester Air in Arlington.

Worcester and his two employees have very busy work days right now. They’re tuning heaters for the upcoming arctic blast.

“We’ll check the carbon monoxide emissions on a gas heater,” Worcester explained. “And on electric heater we would check heating relays and make sure there’s no malfunction, burnt wires or things like that.”

The demand for heating checks leaves them little time for other jobs. But as busy as they are now it’s about to get far busier.

“When it gets freezing, that’s when everybody calls,” Worcester chuckled. “It takes us a while to get there. We don’t want to work stacking up too much.”

But he said he expects the week to be “chaos.”

At Green’s Produce and Plants the firewood is moving out as fast as its shipped in. But would you believe there’s a rush on onions, too?

“We expect to sell a lot of firewood and the stuff to make soups, potatoes, carrots, onions,” said Green’s employee Patti White.

The store expects produce sales and sales of plants that can survive the cold, like petunias, to go up 50-percent.

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