Word on the street is that this summer 2023 is going to be incredible — incredibly hot, to be precise. This year is already forecasted to be the eighth consecutive hottest year, and the summer will not be an exception. According to the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center (CPC), the average Earth's temperature is forecasted to rise between 33.9°F and 34.3°F above the pre-industrial average. While we won't go into all the details, we want to help you prepare for the upcoming US summer heatwave.
How to Prepare for the US Summer Heatwave?
There are some essential steps that you can take to suffer from the heatwave the least possible. Your home and home appliances, just like yourself, need check-ups and care. Here is what you can do to make sure your appliances won't fail you:
- Carry out a seasonal maintenance for your HVAC system: check the filters, replace them, if needed, ensure that outdoor units are free from debris. Call for an HVAC professional to deal with more complicated tasks, like checking the state of condenser coils.
- If your HVAC system is old, it is high time to replace it. Better to prepare it in advance — HVAC contractors are usually extremely busy during the cooling season and it may happen that you will have to wait for their availability.
- Check whether your electrical panel is still safe. Old electrical panels may be a fire hazard, especially during hot weather. Make sure that your panel is not considered to be a dangerous brand and if it is, replace it as soon as possible.
- Install smoke detectors, if you still don't have them. Smoke detectors are great in preventing heat-induced fire and can potentially save your life during a heatwave.
- Take a note how old is your wiring and in which condition it is. Hot temperatures often cause wires to overheat. This can lead to cable failure and other unpleasant consequences.