FLINT (WJRT) – (05/25/18) – Today is National Heat Awareness Day, a reminder for you to be aware of the sometimes deadly consequences associated with heat stroke and dehydration.
With loads of sunshine and high temperatures you can also expect HVAC companies are being inundated with service calls.
“Very busy. The heat is definitely getting people on the phone,” said Coby Ackerman, a service technician with First Choice Heating & Cooling.
“I think one of the biggest things is probably not changing the filter,” said Ackerman.
He’s seen homeowners make all kinds of mistakes, but here’s what you should do for sure:
“You need to change the filters. That’s very important. Check the batteries in the thermostat if you have them. It’s a good idea to look and see if the condenser outside is clean,” Ackerman said. “Definitely want to check the charge. It may or may not be undercharged. Even though you think it’s good a dirty coil can mask that.”
The decision to cut the air on and off throughout the day may not be a great idea.
“72, 73 is a good temperature and if you leave it there and get rid of the humidity you’ll actually feel a lot comfortable instead of turning it on and off like people like to do,” Ackerman said. “When it’s hot just let it run.”
Remember, it’s better to have your AC tuned up than to wait until there is a problem.
Now that we’ve gotten the air conditioner taken care of, Governor Snyder is reminding everyone how serious heat stroke is, especially for children.
Today is heat stroke prevention awareness day in Michigan.
Already this year – six children have died in the United States from heatstroke in a car.
1. Officials with the state advise the following:
2. Never leave your child alone in a vehicle, not even for a minute.
3. Keep the car locked so kids don’t get in on their own.
4. Create reminders by putting something in the back of your vehicle next to your child such as a wallet, a purse or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination.
5. If you see or hear a child alone in a car, call 911.