The unbearable summer heat is here to stay, and it’s only going to get worse.
“From Texas to Georgia, a number of areas have had streaks of triple digit temperatures in July and August,” CNN reports. “With little to no rain in more than a month, many Southern cities are desperate for relief.”
In Dallas, Texas, temperatures have exceeded 100 degrees on 10 out of the last 15 days. In Waco, Texas, it has not rained since June 30.
Texas is not the only state suffering the consequences of extremely hot weather. Thanks to record-high temperatures across the U.S., water mains are breaking, people are getting sick, and the power grid is being stretched to its limit. Heat advisories are in place all over the nation, and some cities are even opening free, emergency cooling centers for those who do not have shelter from the extreme heat.
Thankfully, in most locales, careful air conditioning maintenance and efficient A/C use can keep household temperatures comfortable. Here are some ways to ensure that your unit works at its best, even as temperatures continue to rise:
A Yearly Tune-Up Is A Must
Ideally, it’s best to have this done before summer, when heat, cooling, and air ventilation (HVAC) companies will be able to answer your call and service your unit as quickly as possible. Still, it’s not too late. Even if your air conditioner is in tip-top shape, it is best to get it inspected and tuned up now, while it is still working — before greater problems come up.
Change The Filter
Dust, allergens, and particles will get trapped in your filter — that’s what it’s there for. If you go too long without cleaning or changing it, however, this can significantly reduce the efficiency of your unit (typically by anywhere from 5 to 15%). A new filter will lower air conditioning costs and keep it running at maximum efficiency.
Be smart about your air conditioning system, don’t just take it for granted. You never know when it might come in really handy.