So far, Phoenix temperatures have been well above 100 degrees for all of August. “The dog days of summer,” calls to mind panting canines with their tongues hanging out in search of a shady spot to rest. In fact, the phrase goes back to ancient Greek and Roman astrologists who relied on the stars to set their calendars. In late July/early August, Sirius (the Dog Star, so named for its canine resemblance on astrological charts) appeared on the horizon just before the sun at dawn. Greek and Roman mythology associated the “dog days” with feverish heat, crippling drought, unpredictable thunderstorms, mad dogs and ill fortune. Of course, ancient Romans and Greeks never had air conditioning to help them beat the heat.
Extreme Heat Weather Warning Reminders
At this point in the summer, with weeks on end of scorching triple digit temperatures, we’d like to take a moment to remind Phoenix area residents of the danger extreme heat poses. Yes, you’re in an air-conditioned environment throughout most of the day and night. However, when the temperatures are this high and you find yourself outside, situations can go from serious to life-threatening very quickly. Treat the heat with the respect it deserves and, especially with children or the elderly, never let your guard down.
A few reminders; always keep extra water in your vehicle in case of emergencies. Drink water even when you’re not thirsty. Walk your dog early in the morning, limit your time (and your kids time) in the sun even if they’re splashing in a pool. Avoid outdoor activity in the afternoon. Wear light clothing. Monitor infants and your elderly relatives, especially if they suffer from asthma or respiratory distress. Please Note: Never leave children or pets in cars – not even for a minute. The consequences of children being left in parked cars are too heartbreaking to imagine.
Air Conditioning Tips During Extreme Heat
At this point in the summer, your air conditioner has been working hard for months. If you did not have a spring inspection this year, you might want to consider scheduling an AC check-up now. Thirty-one days in a row of 100+ degree heat is bound to take a toll on your air conditioner. You may make it through the summer without any trouble. However, we can tell you how upsetting it is for the homeowners who do experience AC breakdowns in August. Houses heat up in a hurry when it’s 110 degrees. Here are a few tips to consider:
Set the Thermostat a Few Degrees Higher
Scientific studies have shown that our bodies adjust to temperatures over time. In other words, you may be able to set your thermostat a little higher and not really notice the change. This will lessen the load on your AC unit and save you money on your utility bill.
Install a Wi-fi Enabled Smart Thermostat
Smart thermostats allow you to control more aspects of the temperature in your home. They also make your life easier by allowing you to make adjustments to your AC settings from your smart phone. If you have an old analog thermostat, you will notice a significant difference in your electric bill once you install a smart thermostat.
Crank Up the Ceiling and Portable Fans
During the dog days of summer, your ceiling and portable fans can be your best friends. Take the time to make sure all your fans are working properly and consider purchasing a few extra portable fans to create cross flow in warmer rooms.
The Best Way to Beat the Heat – Make Sure Your AC Unit Is in Tip Top Shape
We like to remind our customers; August is the worst time of the year to experience an air conditioning breakdown. If you’re air conditioner is faltering, making weird noises or not delivering the proper amount of cool air to your home, please give us a call. Our service technicians will make sure your air conditioner is in top shape.