“Heat Dome” Hits the U.S., Prompts Record Air-Conditioning Upgrades

From on July 20, 2011 in Air Conditioning & Heating

heat-dome-air-conditionerIf you’ve been following the news (or stepped outside lately), you’re well aware that a heat dome is “pressure cooking” much of the country.

From the Southwest to the Northeast, a large “dome” of moisture and intense heat has sent temperatures into the mid-90s and low-100s.

And for many areas not equipped to handle it, the heat is dangerous.

“In places where the highest temperature you ever expect is in the 80s and you’re at 102, there are big health concerns,” because fewer homes have air conditioning or cooling units, said Eli Jacks, meteorologist for the National Weather Service. “Heat is the number-one killer out of all weather hazards.”

As a result, homeowners have flocked to air conditioning suppliers in droves. Our own contractors report a record 46% increase in requests for air conditioning upgrades this past week alone.

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It stands to reason that many homeowners seek to upgrade their air conditioning systems now, but we caution against settling for the cheapest, quickest purchase you can find.

Energy-efficient models are far better solutions, both in terms of environmental benefits and savings on monthly energy bills in the long term.

The last thing consumers want, say experts, is to be stuck with an air conditioning unit that runs poorly, cools one or two rooms at best, and sends utility bills through the roof.

High-efficiency central air conditioners, split-unit systems, or packaged air conditioning systems are often your best bet for cooling one or more rooms effectively.

As for brands, we recommend comparing products by Trane or Lennox.

And always request estimates from at least three contractors before making a decision. The middle-range bid is usually the most affordable and appropriate one for your needs.

While the heat dome is expected to subside in the north central states for the duration of the week, the rest of the country won’t see much relief. Triple-digits should remain through Saturday.

Health officials advise everyone to stay indoors, avoid working outside if possible, and be aware of the common signs of heat-related illnesses.