Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Summer 2014: Hot Mess?

Remember last fall when people scoffed at the Farmer’s Almanac prediction of a Super Bowl Snowpocalypse and a bitterly cold and overly wet winter?  Turns out the Super Bowl prediction was wrong, though it was probably done just to get people’s attention.  The other half of the prediction?  I’d say they stuck that landing, as we experienced the 4th-coldest winter on record.

Now, the Almanackers (new word) are at it again.  And if they’re right, then this summer is going to be a hot mess.

They’re predicting national average temperatures to be about 3 degrees above normal, and for my part of the country to experience conditions described as “oppressively humid, wet, and thundery” (new word).  Sounds like fun. 

Here’s another version of the map above :

It may not surprise you that the reason I'm sharing this information with you is that we install insulation in homes, as well as sealing air leaks that are bleeding the home of its cool air.  Insulation is your air conditioner’s #1 best friend forever.   Insulation brought to current standards is just the ticket for beating “oppressive” conditions, it will extend the life of your air conditioner since the a/c won’t run as often or as hard, and it saves you money every month on your utility bills.  Win-win-win scenario.  And while insulation can’t stop the thundery part, cellulose insulation is absolutely the best material for soundproofing your home. 

P.S.  Solar Screens rock in the summer months, too.  (And, yes, that is a link to our website and one more thinly-veiled sales pitch for another of our products that offers tremendous value to the homeowner.)