(WMC-TV) – Surviving the heat is not easy. With temperatures predicted to hover around 100 this week, officials are offering advice for mid-southerners to stay safe.
The Shelby County Health Department suggests drinking plenty of water, avoiding alcohol, and limiting your outdoor activities as the temperatures soar. And above all, check on people you know who do not have a working air conditioner.
The Baker family's upstairs air conditioner unit stopped working just as triple digit temperatures are expected to move into the Mid-South.
Todd Baker knows the risks associated with heat and did not hesitate to call Choates Heating and Air company.
According to the Center for Disease Control, infants, children, and people over the age of 65 face the highest risk of heat-related illness.
Brian Ward says air-conditioning is the number one protective factor against extreme hot weather.
"When the last time it was they changed their filter, that's the first thing I'd check," said Ward, who works with Choates.
Yard work debris is usually the culprit for clogging your air filters and Ward says using a water hose to clean your unit will usually do the trick.
Ward says one of the main things you can do to prevent the costly repairs is be proactive. Make sure to have maintenance work done on your HVAC systems before the summer heat arrives.
"Between February and March until like, June, you want to have it done sometime between that time frame," said Ward.
AC repairs can range from $100 to $20,000.
The city urges citizens to utilize cooling centers such as libraries and community centers. Mayor A C Wharton says he is monitoring the situation and may extend cooling center hours as needed.