In the wake of 2014’s Polar Vortex, it seems like this summer will bring with it a Solar Vortex, as experts are predicting this will be one of the hottest, stifling, oppressively humid summers in generations.
“It looks like it’s going to be an oppressively hot and humid summer for the New York area,” said managing editor of the Farmer’s Almanac Sandi Duncan. The 2014 edition of the annual predicts that the New York area is set endure a blazing summer that will bring higher-than-average rainfalls across the five boroughs.
Since 1818, the Farmer’s Almanac has predicted weather with astrological and mathematical formulas that factor in planetary alignment, lunar cycles, and sunspot activity. These formulas, it claims, are correct about 80% of the time.
However, according Joe Schumacher, a weatherman with the Gothamist, “No forecast that predicts specific weather for specific days months in advance has any shred of credibility. That sort of forecast, where the exact weather is predicted, shows no skill beyond about ten days and becomes theoretically impossible beyond 2-3 weeks.”
That being said, there is some level of agreement amongst long-range weather forecasters that there will be a warming of the eastern Pacific Ocean will develop this summer.
Regardless of the bickering over the extent of this summer’s heat, it will certainly be a scorcher, which begs the question of just how to beat it. One of the most obvious ways is to install an HVAC system, or upgrade an old one. The expense of the installation practically makes up half of the price for a new heating or cooling system, and is also one and a half times more valuable than other systems. This means that a new HVAC system will provide an excellent ROI, and perhaps an even higher one with the Solar Vortex coming.
In the summer’s blazing heat, HVAC systems will naturally have to work harder to keep homes cool, which can cause some serious issues and even lead to break downs and failures. However, such problems can easily be avoided with a more rigorous maintenance routine. Homeowners looking to beat the heat should have their systems throughly checked at the beginning of the summer, and the filter replaced. It’s also necessary to clean the filters once a month, too.
In the end, does it really matter how hot this summer will be if there’s a good solution in place that’s ready to conquer it?