In the United States, we’re used to hot and humid temperatures during the summer months — especially in July. But this year delivered temperatures higher than normal. In fact, July was the warmest month recorded since 1880, according to NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Japan Meteorological Agency.

With temperatures in the 80’s and 90’s for much of the summer, you might think we’ll catch a break with a mild winter. If so, think again because The Old Farmer’s Almanac says otherwise. According to the almanac, the Northeast and Midwest will see “colder than normal” temperatures and “above normal” precipitation. Some places will even experience temperatures as low as negative 40 degrees Fahrenheit, it says! The National Weather Service does not agree that temperatures will be that extreme, but it does expect higher-than-average precipitation during the second half of the season.

For those living in the areas that will face “numbing cold” and plenty of snowfall this winter, now is the time to prepare. One great way to do so is by equipping your home with radiant heating inside and out. 2017 Farmers Almanac Winter Forecast

Keeping Warm Inside

Relaxing in a warm robe and slippersThe easiest way to stay warm inside without spending much money is to install an electric towel warmer in your bathroom. This will keep you from freezing when you step out of the shower, but it can also be used to warm other items, such as a plush robe and slippers or a soft throw blanket. By using a towel warmer to keep you cozy and warm, you might forget how “ice cold” it feels outside.

If you have a little more money to spend and want to add value to your home, you should consider installing an in-floor heating system. There are always areas of the house that feel colder than others — either because they feature a cold flooring surface (like tile or stone) or because of where they’re located (on a slab, above a garage, etc.). These areas are ideal for electric floor heating. To find out how much it would cost to add heated floors to your home, check out WarmlyYours Radiant Heating’s Instant Quote tool.

Melting Snow & Ice Outside

Ice damming can cause major damage to a houseOnce you’ve ensured that you’ll be toasty warm inside this winter, it’s time to think about protecting your home from the elements.

Extreme low temperatures and heavy snowfall create a perfect storm for ice damming. After a heavy snowfall, ice and snow clog up a home’s gutters. And with freezing temperatures day after day, the mixture won’t be able to melt and escape the gutter. Instead, you face a good possibility that an ice dam will occur. Although there isn’t any warm air outside, there is warm air in your home. As that warm air escapes through the attic, it melts the snow and ice, which refreezes as it attempts to escape and forms an ice dam. As the dam continues to build, the water can back up into your home, causing major damage. In order to prevent this from happening, you should have a roof and gutter deicing system installed. This system involves placing an electric heating cable inside the gutter and along the edge of the roof to melt snow and ice and keep it away from your home. By putting this preventative measure in place, you’ll be worry-free this winter.

Snow melted driveway With “above-average precipitation” in the forecast for this winter, you might already be dreading the idea of clearing your driveway of inches of snow. It’s time-consuming and strenuous to say the least. But if you act soon enough, you can also save yourself the back-breaking labor of snow shoveling by having a snow-melting system installed. Whether you just want to heat the tire tracks area or the entire driveway, WarmlyYours has a system suited for your home. To determine what your options are for heating your driveway and how much it would cost, use WarmlyYours’s Instant Quote tool.

Before winter rolls around, be sure to get your radiant heating projects moving. When temperatures start to drop, it could be too late!