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How To Stay Cool: Maximize Your Air Conditioner’s Performance

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With much of the country in the grips of a massive heat wave, many people who have air conditioners (AC) in their homes are running them overtime. These extreme outdoor air temperatures present a significant challenge to AC systems, which engineers and installers say are only designed to keep indoor temperatures about 20 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than outside. With temperatures in many parts of the U.S. in excess of 100 degrees Fahrenheit, that can pose a big problem.

Experts offer tips on how to maximize your air conditioner’s performance.

Close Windows and Doors

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This might seem obvious, and let’s assume you think you have shut your windows and doors, but what about those rooms you never go into? Could a window be cracked open?

What often happens is that windows do not have good seals and air is escaping. Check the base of doors as well. Do a review and fix where necessary.

Plugging Leaks In General

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Once you have checked the windows and doors, keep going. What about air-leaks in the attic. When was the last time you went up there? It’s time…

Program Your Thermostat

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Experts tell us that homeowners often do not know that they can program their thermostats. If you are gone all day, there is no reason for you to be taxing your air conditioning system.

Make Sure The Condenser is Shaded

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An air conditioner’s condenser is the outdoor component of your air conditioning unit that is responsible for the condensation process that releases heat. If it is in the sun, it will become overworked.

Maximize Airflow Around Your Air Condenser

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In addition to shade, your condenser should have good airflow. This applies to outdoor units, of course, but inside make sure you have great air-flow as well.

Change The Filter

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Various air conditioners and systems have different needs and filters. What they have in common is that the filter must be changed regularly. Check the manufacturer’s recommendations and follow through.

Do Not Use Registers for Temperature Control

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Registers can help aim air, but they are not meant to be closed off, and doing so can damage your cooling system. This applies to vents on units themselves, as well as floor and wall vents.

Closing vents can build up pressure in the system, which can overheat and crack parts of the equipment. Closing or blocking vents can also freeze the evaporator coil, leading to the refrigerant being unable to return to the compressor, eventually causing it to break down.

Consider Zoning Systems

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This is a long term solution, but if you consistently find you have different cooling needs in different parts of the house, you should consider looking into zoning systems. This gives you specialized control for each room/area in your house.

How Old Is Your Window Unit?

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The average lifespan of a window unit air conditioner is between 5 to 8 years, with an average of 7 years 1. The actual lifespan depends on the usage, maintenance, location, and efficiency of the unit. For instance, if you have not changed the filter regularly, that will lessen the years it remains operable.

How “Large” Is Your Air Conditioner?

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Air conditioners come in various sizes, which are to be matched to the area needed to be cooled. If you have a larger area and are trying to cool it with an air conditioner that is meant for a smaller space, that will result in a less-than-cool living area.

Maintain Your Air Conditioner For Optimal Performance

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Here is your checklist for maintaining your AC unit, for maximum cooling.

  • Schedule regular HVAC maintenance checks, where a technician will clean and inspect the unit and perform any repairs.
  • Change the filter regularly, at least once a month or once a quarter, to remove dust, dirt, and other particles.
  • Clean the vents with a vacuum hose and a damp washcloth before you start your AC for the first time in a season.
  • Clean the coils on your air conditioner’s condenser, which are exposed to the elements and can collect leaves, dirt, dust, and insects.

How To Stay Cool Without An Air Conditioner When It’s Over 100 Degrees

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When faced with power outages, extreme heat, or a desire to save money, it’s possible to stay comfortable without relying on artificial cooling in your home. And it is more than just a matter of comfort; high temperatures can be harmful to the body, leading to heat-related illnesses like hyperthermia, which is our body over-heating, sometimes actually elevating our internal body temperature. Here are some effective methods to keep cool without air conditioning: Read- How To Stay Cool Without An Air Conditioner When It’s Over 100 Degrees

6 Gas Station Chains With Food So Good It’s Worth Driving Out Of Your Way For

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We scoured the Internet to see what people had to say about gas station food. If you think the only things available are wrinkled hotdogs of indeterminate age, and day-glow slushies, we’ve got great, tasty news for you. Whether it ends up being part of a regular routine, or your only resource on a long car trip, we have the food info you need. Let’s look at 6 gas stations that folks can’t get enough of and see what they have for you to eat. Read 6 Gas Station Chains With Food So Good It’s Worth Driving Out Of Your Way For

18 of the World’s Deadliest Foods: How Many Are You Eating?

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Whether you eat to live, or live to eat, let’s make sure you live to see another day! These are some of the world’s deadliest foods. They can bring on extreme symptoms, ranging from paralysis to seizures, choking and even death, so don’t go tucking these into your lunchbox. Click for 18 of the World’s Deadliest Foods: How Many Are You Eating?

10 Of The Worst Tasting Drinks People Pretend To Like

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Hold onto your taste buds, because we’re about to embark on a flavor-filled adventure through the realm of beverages! Sure, we all need water to survive, but let’s be real – drinks are so much more than just basic hydration. Recently, the question of which beverages people secretly think taste awful sparked a fiery debate. Boozy elixirs, non-alcoholic refreshments, and everything in between were thrown into the mix. Brace yourself as we unveil the truth behind the drinks we pretend to love. Get ready for a wild ride of taste revelations! Read 10 Of The Worst Tasting Drinks People Pretend To Like

14 Of The Craziest Hacks People Use Mayonnaise For – Even In The Bedroom!

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After you click through this slide show you will never look at a jar of mayo the same way again. Trust us. Click for 14 Of The Craziest Hacks People Use Mayonnaise For – Even In The Bedroom!

Take Back Control: How to Identify and Tackle Medical Gaslighting

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What is medical gaslighting? Medical gaslighting refers to a situation in which healthcare providers dismiss or diminish the symptoms that an individual is experiencing, attempting to persuade them that the symptoms are attributed to an alternative cause or are mere figments of their imagination. Medical gaslighting can leave you questioning your own experience. And at worse can lead to undiagnosed serious illness.

Learn the signs and the ways in which you can take back control if this happens to you. Read: Take Back Control: How to Identify and Tackle Medical Gaslighting

Don’t Fall For These 17 Foods That Pretend To Be Healthy

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Have you heard the term “Dr. Google”? That’s when you turn to search engines and the Internet to provide health and medical information – and unless you know how to vet sources, it is a mine field of faulty information. Here are 17 foods that you might have heard are “healthy”, but we have the whole story. PS: the moment a food becomes a trend, research carefully. We’re looking at you bulletproof coffee!

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17 Of The Most Expensive Foods In The World: Would You Pay This Much To Eat Any Of These?

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These days our food budget is not going very far, even for everyday foods. And yet, there are still those who seek out extravagant foods, regardless of price. I guess we can live vicariously through these pictures. Maybe someday someone will bestow a 4-pound white truffle upon us, but until then, this will have to suffice.

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19 Of The World’s Most Overrated Foods

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We have foods we love, and those we won’t touch. We all have our own likes and dislikes, but what are the most overrated foods? That was the question posed on this Reddit thread by Even_Cause_3478. There were a lot of opinions. Some made sense to us, and some were things we had never thought of before!

What is the most overrated food in your opinion?

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Miracle at 30,000 Feet: What Happens When a Baby is Born During a Flight?

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Have you ever wondered What Happens If You Give Birth On a Plane? Who delivers the baby? Where do you deliver the baby? What is the child’s citizenship, and do they get free trips for life?

Is Cash Still King In Your Life? 13 Reasons People Still Carry Cash

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Cash. It never used to be controversial, but these days it appears that there are those on both sides of the coin (so to speak). For those of us of a certain age we can remember our mothers always telling us to keep a $20 bill in our shoe or bra, in case of emergencies. Now many of us struggle to find a coin to put in the meter.

Cash lovers, and those who never carry it. What’s the reasoning, either way? A Redditor was thinking the same thing, and asked the question, Do You Still Carry Cash? These are the answers they got. Read Is Cash Still King In Your Life? 13 Reasons People Still Carry Cash

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