Adjusting to Alaska: The Weather

    The charm of Alaska is in part because it is an incredibly different environment than the rest of the United States. Anchorage residents soak in more sunlight in the summer than residents in any other state. However, the darker days of the winter also takes some adjustment as far as home maintenance and lifestyle are concerned.

    Read on to discover how to adjust to the Anchorage way of life with regular winter home maintenance, as well as savvy tips for living in chilly winter temps.

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    The Climate of Anchorage, Alaska

    You may assume that all of Alaska sits in a deep freeze all year long, but Anchorage is anything but perpetually cold and dark. The geographic location on a protected inlet means the temperatures are in fact fairly moderate compared to other cities farther inland. Winters in Anchorage are actually warmer than those of Chicago.

    In fact, in the summer you’ll sometimes see temperatures reach the 70s while the winters will see highs averaging 20 degrees. Most importantly, Anchorage’s relatively low humidity means that the cold doesn’t feel as bone-chilling as it would in a wetter climate.

    Winter temperatures along with longer nights aren’t the only novel features of living so close to the arctic circle. As a resident of Anchorage, you’ll also get to enjoy 19 hours of sunlight during the day in the summer. This contributes largely to the extensive agriculture industry throughout Alaska, a wonder for residents interested in local produce.

    Winter Weather Home Maintenance

    An essential thing to remember when arragngin your winter maintenance schedule is that you don’t want to wait until the first snow to get the ball rolling on projects such as furnace inspections and roof repair.

    Here’s a simple list of tasks you’ll want to review each fall:

    1. Make an appointment for a furnace inspection.

    Your furnace has a good relationship with Murphy’s Law. If something can go wrong, it will go wrong, and at the worst time most likely. With that in mind, a furnace needs an annual inspection. Since wintertime will be packed with inspections, schedule your inspection early. This way you won’t need to risk paying a higher fee or waiting until the last minute to get a replacement or have a quick-fix completed.

    2. Switch summer tools for winter shovels

    The plastic chairs on your deck probably won’t get much use in the winter, and your lawn mower will likely sit dormant for much of the cold season. Put these items away for the season, and don’t forget to empty the gasoline from your mower and any other small machines.

    Then, bring out your snow shovels and winter gear you know you’ll want to use when the temperatures fall below freezing.

    3.  Clean the chimney

    Over time, the fires in your fireplace create a deposit on the interior walls of your chimney called creosote, and this substance loves to cause chimney fires. Get your chimney cleaned each year, particularly if you use it often in the winter.

    4. Replace Batteries in Important Detectors

    Make a circuit of your house and replace batteries in the smoke detector, carbon monoxide detector, and things like flashlights and emergency radios. It always helps to be prepared in the months when you will be spending more time inside.

    As a resident of Anchorage, the last thing you want to happen is your furnace to fail in the middle of winter. While Anchorage might not boast the coldest temperatures in the state, covering these maintenance tasks will help you live comfortably and safely in the winter in your new home. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

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