Happy New Year! What to Expect in 2016

All of us at One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of Aberdeen want to thank you for your business this past year and wish you a safe and prosperous New Year.

We’d like to give you some tips to maximize your home’s heating and cooling efficiency in the year ahead. We can’t predict the weather, but experts at The Old Farmer’s Almanac have an idea about what to expect in Maryland in 2016.

A Cold and Snowy Winter

The Almanac predicts that this winter will be colder and snowier than normal in the north. The coldest periods will most likely be in mid-January, mid-February, and early March. To prepare your home for the coldest weather:

  • Replace your furnace filter. A new air filter will allow your furnace to operate the most efficiently.
  • Check your attic’s insulation. If you can see floor joists, ask about having more insulation installed.
  • Replace worn weather stripping around doors and windows to seal heat inside your home and eliminate cold air from creeping in.

A Milder Spring

April and May in Harford County are expected to be cool with below average amounts of rain. This will be a good time to have a maintenance check on your HVAC system, before warmer months ahead.

  • Have your ducts inspected and cleaned if needed. Debris and dust trapped indoors throughout winter may have settled in your ducts. It’s a good idea to have them cleared before your air conditioning kicks on.
  • If it’s time to replace your AC system, consider a high-efficiency unit. You’ll save money on energy bills, especially since summer is expected to be hot.

A Hot, Rainy Summer

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, summer in the Baltimore area will be hotter and rainier than usual.  The hottest times are expected in late June, mid-July, and early and late August. Tropical storms or hurricanes are possible from August to mid-September.

  • Since hot months can drive your energy bills up, consider having a programmable thermostat installed. This will allow you to set the temperature to increase during the daytime when you’re away at work.
  • Talk to a One Hour technician about duct sealing services to improve your air conditioning unit’s efficiency.

A Warm, Wet Fall

If September and October stay warm as expected, your HVAC system could get a break as you wait for winter to come. Enjoy it and take this time to open up some windows to let fresh air in.

  • Have your fall HVAC maintenance check performed to ensure it will work properly in colder months.

Happy New Year! If you need any assistance with your furnace, ducts, or air conditioning in 2016, give us a call.