Heat waves are certainly likely in the Durham, North Carolina, area every summer. Extreme heat and high humidity make residents miserable and ruin summer plans. However, more importantly, hot conditions can be especially problematic for pets, small children, and the elderly. Take steps to ensure you and your loved ones survive the dangerous heat and humidity.

Prepare Your Home

Our HVAC technicians are happy to provide tips on weatherizing your home to save energy and keep the heat outside where it belongs. Check for cracks or gaps around windows and doors. Weatherstripping and caulk are easy and inexpensive fixes. Window film, sun-blocking curtains, blinds, and shades are also affordable ways to keep the sunlight out of your home. You’ll help to reduce demand on your air conditioner and save money on your electric bills.

Start With AC Maintenance

A good air conditioner is a must during summer. Invest in AC maintenance once a year, ideally before the start of summer. Be sure to check the air filter regularly since a clogged filter forces the AC to work harder. Your air conditioner won’t be able to cool your home efficiently, and the extra demand will increase its energy usage.

Protect Your Health

You can’t afford to do without an efficient air conditioner during summer. Buildings hold a lot of heat, and occupants will experience severe illness after prolonged exposure to hot conditions. Symptoms like headaches, nausea, dizziness, and disorientation are common in anyone who is dehydrated or experiencing heat stroke.

For those who must be outdoors, stay hydrated and dress in loose-fitting and light-colored clothing. Learn the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, and take steps to cool off immediately if you begin to feel ill. If you need AC repairs or tips for surviving the heat, contact Warren-Hay Mechanical today at 919-251-5615. We also have energy-efficient cooling units that are built to last. We’ll keep you comfortable no matter what the weather brings.

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