Extreme Heat & Your Air Conditioner – What’s the deal with your air conditioner?
Air Conditioners are designed to keep your home up to 15-20 degrees cooler than the outside temperature and are sized based on regional summer temperatures.
The extreme heat will cause your air conditioner to run continuously. This will not damage your unit.
Your unit was designed and sized for the average regional temperatures we experience 98% of the time. Turning down your thermostat will not make it blow colder air. Set the thermostat to the temperature you want to achieve and leave it set there.
When outside temps reach near or over 90 degrees, it is normal for the temps to go up in your home during the hottest part of the day.
Check your vents. If the unit is blowing cold air, the A/C is working as best as it can during the extreme heat.
Once temperatures cool back down to normal summer temps, your air conditioner will catch up and resume it’s normal run cycle.
What you can do to help stay cool –
Close all windows, blinds, drapes, and doors in the entire home leading to the lower level.
During the hottest part of the day, turn off anything that produces heat such as stoves, dishwashers, lights, etc…
Change your filter! A new clean filter will help tremendously.
For more tips on extreme heat preparedness, visit: https://www.ready.gov/heat
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