Brace for a Cold, Snowy 2017-2018 Winter in the Northeast

a snow manWhether you’re apt to rely on folk wisdom or modern science, the experts all agree—Connecticut residents and other New Englanders should get ready for a doozy of a winter.

According to the 200-year-old Farmers’ Almanac, which uses a secret formula that relies on tides, sunspots, and other factors to make its forecasts, the northeastern states from Maryland up the coast to Maine should be prepared for a cold and snowy winter season.

While the Farmers’ Almanac might not pass muster under rigorous scientific standards, modern meteorologists are also predicting a harsh winter for the Northeast.

“Some chilly winter weather is in store for the Northeast and mid-Atlantic, with January threatening to bring the coldest air of the season,” writes AccuWeather’s Jillian MacMath. AccuWeather also predicts above-normal snowfall totals for the northeast, especially inland from the I-95 corridor.

“I think this year is going to bring a good ski season in the Northeast,” says AccuWeather Lead Long-Range Forecaster Paul Pastelok.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) also warns of the potential of La Nina conditions developing before winter sets in.

“Typical La Nina patterns during winter include above average precipitation and colder than average temperatures along the Northern Tier of the U.S.,” says Mike Halpert, deputy director of NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.

Make Sure You’re Prepared for the Worst

Whatever the experts predict, it’s always a good idea to be prepared for anything. When it comes to winter weather that means making sure your home’s heating system is in good enough shape to handle the worst.

Here are some tips on how to prepare for a harsh winter season.

Have Your Furnace Inspected and Tuned Up.

Experts recommend having your home’s furnace inspected and tuned up at least once per year. If you’re past due for an inspection, now’s the perfect to remedy the situation.

Routine furnace maintenance is essential for safety, energy efficiency, and savings, especially if a harsh winter is on its way.

Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

No matter how well your HVAC system is functioning, if your home is leaking heat you’re bound to feel the effects.

Boosting your home’s energy efficiency can be easier than it sounds—simply a matter of taking small steps like sealing windows and doors, limiting the use of exhaust fans, and installing new insulation in the attic. Read more tips on our blog.

Sign Up for Automatic Fuel Delivery

If your home relies on heating oil, signing up for automatic oil delivery can be a lifesaver. No one likes to have to keep a constant eye on their home’s fuel levels, and the last thing anyone wants in the middle of a freezing winter night is to wake up to an empty tank.

With automatic delivery, your usage tracked and fuel refills are automatically scheduled, ensuring the best possible experience and value.

Get Prepared for Winter in Connecticut with Arbor Energy

If you’d like to learn more about HVAC services, oil deliveries, and other services to get your Connecticut home ready for winter, contact Arbor Energy.

A family-owned company with over 20 years serving communities like Wallingford, Wolcott, and Hamden, Arbor Energy takes pride in offering the best products and service in the state. From routine maintenance to 24/7 emergency service, Arbor Energy does it all.

Become an Arbor Energy customer today!