Beat the heat while limiting stress on A/C units

Published 3:20 pm Tuesday, June 27, 2023

BROOKHAVEN — Mississippi’s thermostat cranked up this week with high temperatures hitting 93 and the heat index hitting 106 Tuesday. More hot weather is forecast for the area according to the National Weather Service. 

Wednesday has a high of 96 with heat indexes hitting 108, Thursday through Saturday temperatures will be at a high of 99. Ole Brook Heating and Cooling owner Kevin Hutchinson said there are a few things people could do to prepare for the hot weather forecasted ahead. 

“We recommend people to keep blinds closed on their windows to keep the sunlight out,” Hutchinson said. “Bump the temperature up to 75-76 during the day and always keep your air filters changed to limit stress on the unit. Keep the outside coils clean and try to keep shrubs away from outside units. During the summer, units get worked hard so you shouldn’t run them as low during the day.” 

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Keeping the sun light out using shades or blinds will help keep the house or business cool. People should also avoid using a dryer during the day because dryers generate heat. A well insulated attic will also help a home stay cool. 

Doors should be kept closed as the opening of the door lets out any cool air. Hutchinson said if people have trouble with their units they should call a service person to come out and look at the unit. Customers can also do additional preventative maintenance to limit repairs. 

“Have a serviceman come out and check it out. Always have your unit serviced once a year,” Hutchinson said. “Make sure they are clean and working efficiently.” 

Entergy Mississippi reports nearly 55 percent of an energy bill is due to cooling costs in the summer. 

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