Dog Days of summer ahead for St. Louis hard-working air conditioners

Higher than average heat indexes ahead for St. Louis

Whew! Are you fanning yourself as much as I am these days? I know it’s not just me, as my dog Bear has strategically placed her furry, panting body on top of the air conditioning register. Smart girl! Yes, it has been unusually warm and humid – as well as wet — for this time of year. I checked with the Farmer’s Almanac summer forecast and they say 2010 will be a hot, sticky summer with an exceptionally high heat index.

I suppose that’s good news if you run an ice cream stand, a pool service, or own utilities stocks. But for most St. Louis homeowners, it simply sounds uncomfortable and expensive. Assuming your air conditioning system is running well – albeit hard – this summer, here are a few things you can do at home to stay cooler and help your air conditioner performance:

  • close blinds, shades and curtains during the day to reduce the direct sunlight and heat coming in the windows
  • circulate air with the use of register vent fans, personal fans and ceiling fans
  • keep air conditioning filters clean
  • cook using the microwave and outside grill
  • use a programmable thermostat to raise temperatures when you are not home
  • keep furniture (and pets!) from blocking air registers to keep the house as cool as possible
  • consider a service agreement from Ricotta Heating & Air so you’ll know your unit is operating at peak efficiency

What else can you do to beat the heat? Drink lots of water, eat light meals, avoid alcohol, wear light, loose clothing… and be a good neighbor. Check in on any pets, older adults and neighbors you may know who live alone. They are especially at risk during these “dog days of summer.”

-LEW (and Bear) of the Ricotta Blog Team

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About Alan V. Ricotta Sr.

Barbara Ricotta is the owner of Ricotta Heating & Air, a family run business serving the metropolitan St. Louis area for over 50 years.
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One Response to Dog Days of summer ahead for St. Louis hard-working air conditioners

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