Heat Waves Break New Records: Americans Find More Efficient Ways to Cool Down

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The first half of the 2006 has set new heat records in the United States from coast to coast. Between January and June, average heat temperatures were 3.4 degrees higher than the average of the 20th century.

The first half of the 2006 has set new heat records in the United States from coast to coast. Between January and June, average heat temperatures were 3.4 degrees higher than the average of the 20th century. The trend of record high heat wass holding true for July and in some parts, expected to continue into September and October as well. To help relieve the summer heat, Cold Air Products will offer rentals of their Avenger portable air conditioners.

Jim Short, President of Cold Air Products, states that due to the summer heat wave, inquiries about energy efficient portable air conditioners has increased. While central air is extremely effective for cooling large areas, cooling rooms that aren’t in use is also costly. Portable air conditions are a smart and economical way to bring a big burst of cool air into the areas where families spend the most time while keeping central air cooling costs to a minimum.

Ceiling fans and portable fans have a big effect on room temperatures and now advancements in portable air conditions have made them a feasible and extremely effective solution as well. Families and businesses that aren’t ready to invest portable air conditioners or want to test the impact first can now choose to rent units during the summer months. In light of the 2006 heat wave, rentals of portable air conditioners are increasing in popularity among those with elderly parents living at home. So far, the 2006 heat wave has claimed 12 lives, mostly those of elderly citizens.

With oil prices skyrocketing to $78.30 a barrel in mid-July, American’s are turning toward more cost effective ways to cool their homes. On average, US electricity consumers are spending an additional 16% on their electric bill in 2006 than in 2005. Some residential customers in California and Texas are seeing electric bill increases of up to 40% with monthly utility bills reported between $300 and $600 for 4 bedroom residential homes.

“It’s not just residential customers that are coming to us for portable air conditioners,” says Jim Short “but business customers as well looking for ways to spot cool areas of the office like server rooms where excess heat can be detrimental to equipment.” Computer equipment is an important consideration for businesses during heat waves. The equipment itself can significantly boost temperatures and too much trapped heat can cause irreversible harm to systems.

In additional to bringing in portable air conditioners to offices heavy with computer equipment, employees should adopt a habit of powering down systems at the end of the day. Other ways to reduce costs associated with cooling include raising the thermostat by 10 degrees for at least 8 hours per day (a 10% average savings), keeping windows darkly shaded, and making sure that seals are tight on all doors and windows.

In the grips of 100+ degree temperature, it’s easy to throw conservation to the wind and crank up the central air. Through planning a preparation, families can stay cool, while shaving hundreds of dollars off of their energy bills.

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