How Hot Is It? PEMCO Insurance Reveals ‘Perfect’ Summer Heat

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–With summer in full swing, PEMCO Mutual Insurance’s latest survey shows the Northwest’s favorite summer temperature: 77 degrees Fahrenheit. According to the survey, more than half (55%) agree that the ideal temperature – one that is not too hot and not too cold – falls between 70 and 79 degrees, with answers reaching 77. The ratings, with 32% weighing that the best weather here starts at the forecast reaches at least 80 degrees.

Regardless of their preference, the survey shows that as the weather warms, residents of the Northwest are better prepared for the warmer weather. According to the survey, nearly two-thirds of Seattleites (67%) have some type of air-conditioning system — whether it’s a central or portable, window-mounted unit. In Portland, the number of people who have some type of air conditioner is higher at 81% of the respondents.

With last year’s heatwave in recent memory, most respondents said they had acquired AC units within the past year. According to the survey, 42% of those who have an air conditioner installed it in the last year. Overall, nearly three-quarters of respondents (78%) have installed portable devices in the past five years.

Among those with AC, the number of people using them has increased as temperatures have risen in recent years, as well. Those who report regularly using their air conditioner have increased significantly since 2015. In Seattle, 53% of respondents regularly use their air conditioner compared to 46% who did in 2015. This is also evident in Portland, with 57% of respondents. they always use their air conditioners now compared to 43% back in 2015.

“Many of us know the well-known saying that summer in the Northwest begins on July 5th – it was true this year! But with last year’s heat, it’s no wonder so many people took action to beat the heat this year and beyond,” said a PEMCO spokesperson. , Allison Leep. Interestingly, this survey seems to indicate that our region will not experience a shortage of AC units, as we saw in 2021. According to this survey, 57% of respondents say they will not purchase a unit in the coming year.”

Whether residents choose to blast the AC or not, PEMCO’s study also tested several cooling options. Residents agree that leaving doors and windows closed to allow hot air to escape is a much better option than allowing outside air to enter the home. In Seattle 42% close doors and windows, compared to 30% who leave them open to encourage air circulation. In Portland, the difference is even more significant – 55% keep doors and windows closed while 16% just leave them open most of the time.

For a summary of PEMCO’s shareholder survey results you can find answers taken by FBK Research of Seattle in February 2022.

About PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll

PEMCO Mutual Insurance commissioned an independent survey, conducted by Seattle-based FBK Research, that asked Washington and Oregon residents questions about their driving habits and perceptions of the Northwest. The sample size, 481 respondents in the Seattle Metro area (King, Snohomish, Pierce Counties) and 399 respondents in the Portland Metro (Multnomah, Marion, Clackamas, Washington Counties) provide an accuracy of +/- 5.0% respectively at the 95 % confidence level. In other words, if the survey was conducted 100 times, in 95 cases the data will not differ more than the standard error.

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