Can Farmers’ Almanacs Help You Fall Home Prep?

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October 22, 2019

Around this time of year, everyone looks forward to the release of the fall 2019 and winter 2020 weather forecasts from the annual farmers’ almanacs.

Weather forecasters and meteorologists don’t usually support the scientific accuracy of almanacs’ predications. But with a combined circulation of roughly 5 million copies, it’s safe to say there are plenty of Virginians throughout the Shenandoah Valley curious to know what weather might be in store for the next six months.

So, what does the Farmer’s Almanac say about the 2019–2020 winter in central Virginia, and is your home performance up to the challenge?

Will 2020 Be a Snowy Winter?

Is 2020 predicted to be a snowy winter in the Appalachian Valley? It depends on who you ask!

The Old Farmer’s Almanac is predicting “below normal” snowfall but “above-normal precipitation,” with “more wet than white conditions [that] will leave sludgy messes that freeze during the overnights.”

The Farmers’ Almanac, on the other hand, believes we’re in for more snow than usual and colder-than-normal temperatures, with “above-normal winter precipitation over the eastern third of the country.”

How Long Will the 2020 Winter Last?

If there’s one thing that both almanacs are in agreement on, it’s their forecasts for a long and drawn-out winter, with wintery conditions lasting through March and into early spring.

How To Prep Your Home For the 2020 Winter

So what should homeowners do with this information? How can Broadway, Harrisonburg, and Elkton homeowners prepare for the winter season ahead? Should they home prep differently depending on which almanac turns out to be more accurate?

Actually, not really! It’s going to get cold no matter what this winter, and you’ll be relying on your heating system to keep warm. That’s why the best way to prep homes for fall and winter weather of any kind is preventative maintenance or upgrading to more energy efficient HVAC systems.

Regular Heating Services

HVAC service calls in the fall, like gas furnace maintenance, will go a long way towards avoiding high central heat costs in the middle of winter. Regular maintenance can prevent expensive boiler, furnace repairs, and emergency service. We even offer a Comfort Club maintenance plan for complete heating peace of mind.

Upgrading to Heat Pumps

Looking to stay just as warm this winter, but with a lower monthly heating bill? As a leading heat pump dealer and installer in the Shenandoah Valley, Excel offers a number of heat pump repair and installation options that will keep your home warm all winter and cool all summer.

Fix Your Heating Problems with Excel

Which farmer’s almanac will get it right this year? It turns out that with Excel Heating & Cooling, your home will be prepared for whatever weather comes Virginia’s way this fall and winter. From heating and air services to indoor air quality testing and ductwork evaluation, our HVAC technicians work hard to make sure that your entire home is ready for the colder fall and winter seasons.

Worried about how your home might handle the Farmer’s Almanac winter weather forecast? Call 540-509-1180 or contact us today.

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