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Summer has arrived and with a vengeance. Here in the Colorado River Valley and the high deserts of western Arizona triple digit temperatures are the forecast for the foreseeable future.

Summer heat is no joke. Here is a sobering thought. Some statistical estimates are that more than 1,300 deaths per year in the United States are due to extreme heat.

Fortunately we have a respite from the heat in the form of air conditioning at our home and office. And we also quite fortunate that the professionals at Airzona Comfort Solutions are just a phone call away.

But there is a lighter side to the heat of summer. Consider this. Now, I am not sure how much timer or money was spent to arrive at this conclusion. But recently bio paleontologists at the University of Missouri released an interesting theory about the legendary T-Rex.

These scientists speculate that two large holes in the animals skull acted to help the dinosaur lose heat in hot conditions. Initially it had been believed that these anatomical features had been filled by muscles.

Beating the heat has inspired evolutionary developments. It has also encouraged creative outside of the box thinking. As an example consider what Londonderry, New Hampshire Police Capt. Patrick Cheetham described by saying, “I have seen a lot in my 17 years, but he this one is a first.”

He had stopped a driver that had installed a home air conditioner in the back window of his van. To power it he had attached a generator to the roof. Surprisingly, no violations were found.

Beating the heat and making a dollar was the incentive behind a rather unusual story. A security camera in Bucks County, Pennsylvania captured a fellow carefully casing a business. After becoming aware of the theft the film was scrutinized in an effort to catch the perpetrator.

The man had casually wheeled an air conditioner from the store. And then another. With the third air conditioner he also added some computer equipment. Left behind in their place were a couple of empty beer bottles.

Dinosaurs, eccentrics, crooks and residents of the Colorado River Valley aren’t the only ones that try to beat the the heat of summer.

In Thailand a searing heat wave led a man to evaluate why his air conditioner was making odd noises and not functioning as well as he thought it should. Imagine his surprise to find five tangled serpents inside the unit.

As political discussions often become heated it should come as no surprise that the subject of air conditioning has sparked a feud or two. Still, an argument in Texas was in a class of its own.

Frustrated with the lack of progress in a five year lawsuit over a lack of air conditioning in 75 Texas inmate housing areas, U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison threatened to lock up prison officials in the oven like units. It seemed like the only logical solution. As a side note, the situation was resolved within a few months.

It is summer my friends. Be careful. Drink lots of fluids. And be sure to have your AC unit serviced by the professionals at Arizona Comfort Solutions.

Written by Jim Hinckley of Jim Hinckley’s America


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