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Here’s why it might seem like your AC isn’t working on hot summer days

It is that time of the year when we start seeing stretches of days with 90 degree highs and the heat is relentless.

It’s also that time of the year when it might seem like out trusty air conditioner just isn’t cutting it. We might be prone to think it is malfunctioning or needs to be replaced, but usually that is not the case.

Air conditioners are not designed to actually cool air. They are designed to remove warm air, but only to a certain extent.

Most can only pump out the warm air to keep our homes roughly 20 degrees cooler than the air temperature outside. That means, on a day we reach the upper 90s, the best it can usually do is keep us somewhere in the mid to upper 70s even if we set the thermostat lower.

It also depends on your home and the environment around you.

Single family homes typically experience this in the harshest extent along with apartments on upper floors. There are no adjacent living spaces that are being cooled in those single family homes and the upper level apartments have to deal with the rising warm air from floors below.

-Always keep shrubs trimmed around your air conditioning unit.

-Do laundry and run the dish washer later in the day when the outside temperatures are easier for the A.C. to keep up with.

-If you have a grill, use it and give the stove/oven a break.

-Most importantly, don’t close vents in rooms. Believe it or not, the extra pressure needed to unevenly distribute the air throughout the entire home can be more taxing on the air conditioner. Fox17

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