A “Polar Coaster” for the Records
Yes, you read that correctly. What is a “polar coaster” you ask? According to Farmers’ Almanac, this winter “will be filled with so many ups and downs on the thermometer, it may remind you of a ‘Polar Coaster.’”
That’s right, this winter is going to be all over the place, according to the recent winter weather forecast from the reputable 200-year-old Farmers’ Almanac, which predicts the weather for the coming seasons but is most known for their winter weather forecast. The almanac’s 2019-2020 winter forecast was published earlier this week, dividing the country into seven different zones. Of those regions, two-thirds are projected to experience a colder-than-normal winter. The worst is supposed to hit at the end of January through early February.
The harshest conditions are predicted to be between the Rockies and Appalachia, however the chill will extend to coastal regions as well, like Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. The Farmer’s Almanac predicts strong gusts of wind, and “copious amounts” of rain, snow, ice, and sleet. They note that, “with colder-than-normal temperatures in the Northeast and above-normal precipitation expected, our outlook forewarns of not only a good amount of snow, but also a wintry mix of rain, sleet—especially along the coast.” You can check out the publication here.
What Can you Do it Prepare your Home?
The best place to start is to schedule a Mass Save Home Energy Assessment. This service is provided at no-cost to you and will help you identify weak points for insulation and energy efficiency in your home.
Particularly if you’re using an inefficient heat source like oil or electric baseboard, insulating your home is the best first step towards reducing your winter heating bills and ensuring that you stay warm and protected during the harsh winter. Did you know that 90% of homes in the U.S. are under-insulated? But, the average home saves $620 per year by weatherizing their home.
Plus, you can get 75%-off your qualifying insulation improvements when you get a No-Cost Home Energy Assessment through Endless Energy. And, when air sealing your home (air sealing is restricting the passage of air through the walls of your home, floor, or ceiling so it is more energy efficient), you can get a 100% instant rebate.
Ductless Heating and Cooling
How else can you save? You can upgrade your inefficient heating and cooling systems to Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pumps. Did you know heating and cooling accounts for about 44% of your energy bills? Take a look at our graphic above to see how much your current system compares to what we would install: a Ductless Heat Pump. Plus, all of our models of Ductless Heat Pumps come with a 1-year labor warranty and a 12-year manufacturer warranty, so you can be cozy for all the cold winters to come!
Read more on our education page, where you can learn all about weatherization, in addition to our other services. Contact us to get your home ready for this “polar coaster” ride.