Extreme temperatures are heading our way ...Your air conditioning system will be working overtime.
Summer has arrived full force and mother nature is showing her warmth and love by sending near 100 degree temperatures to northern and north central New Jersey. Extreme temperatures affect our daily lives.
Here are a few hints to help you get through the hot weather.
- A properly installed central air conditioning system has been designed to maintain a 20 degree ambient temperature differential. What means is that your house will maintain temperatures 20 degrees lower than outside. (So yes, if it's 96 degrees outside your system, working at full capacity, may keep the temperature in your home at around 72-76 degrees, IF it is able to keep up) Our suggestions are meant to help that much more!
- Once the heat wave passes, it may be time to consider replacing your equipment if it's 'past its prime' and can't keep up
- Do not turn your air conditioning system 'off' if you leave the house, it will only take that much longer to cool down the excessive heat that will build up
- Do not turn your thermostat below 66-68 degrees - it may cause your system to freeze up
- Be sure you've changed your filter (yes, we're reminding you again)
- Close draperies, shades and blinds to prevent the heat of the sun from entering the rooms
- Dress cool
- Hydrate yourself (and your pets!)
- Run your dishwasher late in the evening
- Serve a cold, dairy dinner, or better yet...eat out
- Turn off lights particularly recessed incandescents, they throw off an extreme amount of heat