As Groundhog Day quickly approaches, many Florida residents are wondering what kind of weather they can expect in the coming months. Read ahead for a look at the lore behind Groundhog Day, the accuracy of the groundhog’s predictions, and how these predictions will affect your home maintenance.
The Groundhog’s Shadow
Groundhog Day is a tradition that has been carried out for over 100 years in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. According to tradition, a groundhog will emerge from its hole early on the morning of February 2nd to look for its shadow. If the groundhog sees its shadow, then there will be six more weeks of winter. No shadow means that there will be an early spring and warm summer.
Predicting the Weather
While the tradition is fun, it is an unfortunate fact that the groundhog’s predictions are only accurate around 39 percent of the time. In some decades, the prediction has not been correct a single time. For those who want a more accurate idea of the weather, it might be a better idea to take a look at The Old Farmer’s Almanac. The Farmer’s Almanac states that this spring and summer will be warmer than usual for residents of Florida.
Your Spring Maintenance Checklist
Because the average temperatures are expected to be slightly higher in 2016, it is important to make sure that your home is well-insulated and your air conditioner is working flawlessly. Homeowners should carefully inspect their roof, attic, rain gutters, downspouts, doors, and windows for any signs of damage that took place during the winter. It is also a good idea to start reversing ceiling fans, opening vents, and deep cleaning all fabric to improve your home’s air quality.
Get Your Home Ready for the Summer With Engineered Air
A quick and affordable service call with one of our friendly technicians might be all that you need to keep your home comfortable and your energy bills down this summer. Please contact Engineered Air today for all of your HVAC needs.