When you live in an area where the winter lasts a minimum of six months, you want to be ready for it.
I can’t imagine moving to this region and not ever having lived here before.
To go from a winter where the heat pump comes on to knock out the chill to snow cover for months at a time would have to be tough. That’s not the case for me. I’m a native and have grown up with this sort of weather. So I know what it takes to maximize the efficiency and value of the HVAC heating during our long, cold winters. We have a gas furnace and it’s really quite a remarkable piece of residential HVAC equipment. I make sure it gets the HVAC heating maintenance in the fall to make sure it’s good for the load that’s coming. However, there is a lot more to preparing for winter in this area than the HVAC maintenance. I have a wood stove that acts as both a supplemental and an emergency heating method. So my winter prep starts early. I actually start the process in the summer. This is when I start the process of gathering all the fire wood I’ll need in the winter. While I’m doing all that cutting, splitting and stacking, I’m also working in prep to the house as well. Making sure there is a very tight seal on the house is imperative for every winter. So I make sure that I’m always sealing up the house tight to further maximize the use of the gas furnace.