Calgary Weather & Energy Efficient Furnaces
Weather affects many aspects of our lives, both inside and outside of our home – and 2016 was quite the wild year for Calgarians. According to the Weather Network and the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, six of the top ten weather stories in 2016 occurred in the prairies – and much of it relates to Fort McMurray’s “Fire Beast”.
At Just In Time Furnace Inc., we’ve seen the challenges Alberta’s harsh weather can have on your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. Our furnace and air duct services technicians do the job right, with high ethical standards, no hidden fees, and using the best quality parts and equipment to ensure you have the heating and cooling services you need for any season.
Winter 2015-2016 was the second warmest winter since country-wide records began in 1948. A persistent “super” El Niño got much of the credit for the missing winter in Canada. However, it created the driest spring in 72 years of weather recordings at Fort McMurray and the second warmest on record – creating the perfect conditions for a fire storm. In the end, it charred an area the size of Prince Edward Island, burned 2,400 homes and other buildings, scorched 18,600 vehicles and devastated parts of Alberta’s fifth largest city. The wildfire became the costliest catastrophe in Canadian history with total costs reaching $4 billion in insured losses and billions more in lost business, infrastructure, and uninsured losses. Our gratitude to the Canadian Red Cross and the many volunteers who stepped into help.
Following the warmest spring in nearly 70 years of record-keeping with drought like conditions, clusters of intense thunderstorms were more frequent and seemed to move slower than usual across the Prairies in summer 2016 with one of the longest and most active storm seasons ever since statistics were first kept in 1991. The storm on the August 1, 2016 long weekend had the most far-reaching and expensive impacts. Tornadoes were much more frequent − 48 vortices compared to the 30-year average of 34 among the three provinces, and there were 564 severe weather events (large hail, strong winds, heavy rain and tornadoes) - over twice the normal number.
Early October seemed too soon for wind chills and blowing snow on the Prairies and it was - a remarkable warm-up followed and by mid-November, more than 300 daily records had fallen across the West and North − some by an incredible five degrees or more. In December however, a mass of Arctic air swept across the Prairies with frigid air gripping the West for two weeks with temperatures at times 15 degrees below average and wind chills of -40 and below.
Energy Efficient Furnaces in Calgary
With dramatic weather like this, choosing the right furnace or air conditioning unit is crucial to maintaining energy efficiency in your home and keeping your energy bills low. If you have HVAC questions about your home or business, call Just in Time Furnace Inc. at 403-333-6666 today for expert service or to request a free quote.