In Sioux Falls, South Dakota, we’re lucky if we can shutdown the heating system for a couple of months per year.
Even in May and June, the nighttime temperatures can drop into the fifties or even the forties.
By October, the lows are below freezing, and we expect temperatures in the single or even negative digits by December. The average high temperature for the majority of the year in Sioux Falls in the thirties, and we get around fourty inches of snow. I love the area. I’ve lived here my whole life and still appreciate the gorgeous scenery. I’ve traveled all over the world and never wanted to relocate. However, the long, freezing cold winters are tough. They require a great deal of specialized gear, labor and expense. All of my family members, friends and coworkers drive four-wheel-drive vehicles and spend a fortune on good snow tires. We always keep a snow brush, an ice scraper and an emergency kit in our vehicles. We check the forecast before we drive anywhere and never buy tickets for any type of even held between December and April. Most people have a snowplow on their trucks. I’ve invested in a snowblower that I use every day, and sometimes several times per day, for approximately six months. I always keep the snow shovel handy and a supply of rock salt. It’s necessary to buy good quality snow boots, thermal underwear, sweaters, down jackets, gloves, hats and sarves. We’ve all learned to to dress in multiple thin layers to keep warm. The heating system is one of the most important household appliances. I make sure to change the filter in the furnace every month and schedule professional maintenance every year. I have also installed a standby generator, so that if we experience a power outage, my family will still have heat.