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Many people in the metro are experiencing air conditioning problems during this week’s heat advisory.”‘I have no cold air in my house. It is getting warm.’ That is what we’re dealing with right now,” said Ben Nalty, Environment Masters service manager. Nalty said high temperatures tend to stress AC equipment to the point of freezing and breaking down.”Most of the time, if your air conditioning is not working, I advise you to turn it off. It could be freezing up in the attic or under the house where you can’t visually see it,” Nalty said. Environment Masters said using a pleated air filter can help air conditioning systems run smoothly. Other things to think about are making sure AC vents aren’t obstructed by furniture and keep up-to-date with any general maintenance.Nalty said residents should be realistic with thermostat temperatures.”Bump it up 71 72, 73 — and of course, when the temperatures fall at night you can bump it back down to comfort levels,” Nalty said.If an AC unit happens to go out during the heat of the day, there are ways to try to stay cool.”Keep the lights off, keep shades drawn, if you can open the windows so there’s still airflow,” said American Medical Response Supervisor Eric Phillips. “Try not to use appliances that produce heat. Try to wait later at night, or very early in the morning to use your stove or your oven, or even your dryer in the house.”AMR officials said the key to preventing heat illness is to hydrate before it’s too late. When spending time outdoors during the hotter part of the day, keep an umbrella and cold towels handy to make things feel cooler.

Many people in the metro are experiencing air conditioning problems during this week’s heat advisory.

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“‘I have no cold air in my house. It is getting warm.’ That is what we’re dealing with right now,” said Ben Nalty, Environment Masters service manager.

Nalty said high temperatures tend to stress AC equipment to the point of freezing and breaking down.

“Most of the time, if your air conditioning is not working, I advise you to turn it off. It could be freezing up in the attic or under the house where you can’t visually see it,” Nalty said.

Environment Masters said using a pleated air filter can help air conditioning systems run smoothly. Other things to think about are making sure AC vents aren’t obstructed by furniture and keep up-to-date with any general maintenance.

Nalty said residents should be realistic with thermostat temperatures.

“Bump it up 71 72, 73 — and of course, when the temperatures fall at night you can bump it back down to comfort levels,” Nalty said.

If an AC unit happens to go out during the heat of the day, there are ways to try to stay cool.

“Keep the lights off, keep shades drawn, if you can open the windows so there’s still airflow,” said American Medical Response Supervisor Eric Phillips. “Try not to use appliances that produce heat. Try to wait later at night, or very early in the morning to use your stove or your oven, or even your dryer in the house.”

AMR officials said the key to preventing heat illness is to hydrate before it’s too late. When spending time outdoors during the hotter part of the day, keep an umbrella and cold towels handy to make things feel cooler.

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