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Tips for Weathering the Summer’s Hot Temperatures From a St. Louis AC Contractor

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Sweltering temperatures, often followed by thunderstorms and tornadoes are becoming the norm in the St. Louis area. As the climate zone in St. Louis heats up, residential property owners are finding it necessary to implement biannual heating and air conditioning service.

Here’s why:

During the month of June 2012, Weather.com charts that temperatures registered over 90 degrees 14 times. Even as July is generally the hottest month of the year in East St. Louis, this summer’s sizzling temperature peaked into the 90’s 20 times this year (and the month is not over). The hottest day recorded in 1999 was 105 degrees, this record has already been broken three times in July 2012 when temperature soared between 106 and 109 degrees. Source: Weather.com http://www.weather.com/weather/monthly/USMO0787?month=-1)

In response to these blistering temperatures, St. Louis County issued media releases to local residents emphasizing that heat is expected to continue and guiding them to plan accordingly.

How to stay cool and reduce energy costs when the temperatures are high in St. Louis:

  • When the home is unoccupied; and on days when the temperature is less than 93 degrees, lower the thermostat to 78 degrees. According to the EnergyStar.gov, homeowners reduce utility costs by a minimum of 15 percent each month.
  • Shut all window dressings and curtains to shut out heat. Make sure all air vents are free of obstructions. Lock in cool air by closing each door in the home. Set the thermostat to 75, waiting for chilled air to creep in.
  • Imbibe non-alcoholic beverages to remain hydrated. Drink six or more 8-ounce servings of fluid.
  • In situations, where the air conditioner is inoperable call an AC contractor or go to the nearest public place with cool air: a movie theater, library, or a designated St. Louis cooling center (www.211helps.org).

When it comes to preparing for blazing temperatures, St. Louis residents have a single, reliable recourse for air conditioning maintenance: Hoffmann Brothers. In fact the latest findings, documented by St. Louis city officials, suggest that regular checkups help prevent AC breakdowns and reduce the need for system replacements.

If the air goes out, contact a trusted St. Louis AC contractor, offering service around the clock. Contact Hoffmann Brothers at (314) 664-3011.

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