May 22, 2013
It’s been a toasty month! San Diego air conditioning repair calls have been at their peak. Areas like El Cajon and Escondido have already seen temperatures soar above 90 before noon. Some neighborhoods are even reaching 70 just after sunrise and the deserts are hitting triple digits. It’s going to get tougher and tougher to stay cool, so here are a few tips to help you beat the heat.
How to Use Your San Diego Air Conditioning Properly
“Starting your air conditioning system early in the day is a must. When we all start our systems at the same time, the supply voltage to the neighborhood and individual homes will drop. We see lots of blown capacitors and fuses caused by the power drop. It can be very costly and hard to service everyone during heat spells. A service call can easily be avoided with this tip!” – Mary Jean Anderson, President Anderson Plumbing, Heating and Air
If you want to cut back on the AC, you can use fans instead or to supplement. SDG&E suggests setting your AC thermostat to 78°F or higher. Keep your blinds and shades closed, and if you are going without AC, leave the windows open slightly. Of course, if you’re going to do that, you may want to get out and enjoy our fine city.
Tips to Stay Cool Without Air Conditioning in San Diego
Water is the winner! Avoid caffeinated or alcoholic beverages as they can lead to dehydration. Did you know that foods high in protein increase your metabolic heat? Skip the beef and go for the leaf on super-hot days, and naturally, you want to avoid using the oven…a lucky excuse to go explore a new restaurant. Take advantage of the coolest part of the day (usually 4-7a) for increased physical activity and NEVER, EVER leave children or pets in the car, even with the windows cracked. Don’t want to give up your air conditioning, but want to save money and energy? Grab our AC Tune Special or a VIP Service Agreement to keep your system running at it peak performance. If your air conditioner is a bit of a dinosaur, click here to see our current Lennox rebates to upgrade – Lennox is taking home comfort to another level! Stay cool, San Diego!