Here’s your monthly roundup of top stories related to heating and air conditioning your home. This edition includes $-saving tips, the Jan-Mar 2018 forecast, smart thermostats and more.
3-Month Temperature and Weather Outlook
Will your winter temperatures be normal, above or below? It looks like a volatile winter with only a small band of the nation experiencing normal temps, according to this graph from the National Weather Service. This report from Accuweather does a good job summarizing the data from NOAA and what the La Niña system means for your neck of the woods including snow in the Rockies heavier than normal and very cold temps elsewhere.
How High Will Your Heating Bills Be This Winter?
Using the weather forecast and this natural gas forecast from the US Energy Information Administration, you’ll have a good idea of how to budget for winter heating costs.
The Boiler Business is On the Rise
A much higher percentage of European homes are heated with boilers than homes in the US, but the market is growing here, according to this report. The advantages of boiler heat include fewer allergens in the air than caused by forced-air systems and the opportunities for warm floors, if an in-floor system is installed. Here’s the data to consider.
It Never Hurts to Review Ways to Save Energy in Winter!
These tips from the Energy.gov site will help you spend less on winter utility costs, a great way to start the New Year on an energy-efficient, cost-effective foot.
Considering a Smart Thermostat?
When Google bought nest for $3.2 billion, it gave a clear signal that the consumer market for smart thermostats was heating up. While nest gets a lot of publicity due to the Google connection, ecobee, Lyric and several HVAC-brand thermostat controls get high marks too. Our top 5 smart thermostats are:
- Ecobee4 – Dependable, easy to navigate, works with Alexa/Echo devices and other smart home systems and uses geofencing that adjusts your HVAC system when you leave or return to your neighborhood
- Lyric T5 – Outstanding functionality for less than $100 from most retailers
- Nest 3rd Generation – Besides a larger display, there’s not a big leap forward from Gen 2
- Carrier Côr Wi-Fi – A learning thermostat from a leading HVAC brand
Check back in mid-November for another edition of the Top 5 HVAC stories. And remember, if you need pro HVAC assistance, our free, no-obligation referral system is the simple way to find a qualified contractor from among the top HVAC companies in your area.