The mercury climbed to 100 for the third consecutive day Wednesday, the first real heat wave for the area in 2017.

 

It is a busy, busy time for air conditioner repair companies — one that happens every year.

 

“This kind of stuff makes them work the hardest, so they are stressed,” said John Graber with Graber Heating and Air.

 

Graber said they are booking at least a day in advance, depending what kind of problem customers are experiencing.

 

“(Our technicians) get some overtime on days like this,” Graber said.

 

There are some things that can be done to try and cool down a house without air conditioning — like opening up windows in the late evening to try and get cooler air into the house throughout the night, then closing the house up in the morning to keep the cooler air in and hot air out.

 

Using fans can help people feel cooler, though the Centers for Diseason Control warns that does not acutally cool a house.

 

“People can move to the basement, where it is probably cooler,” Graber said. “It depends on the house if there is a breeze adequate to ventilate the house, but that can do more harm than good. You can open them up at night to cool the house down.”

 

The Salvation Army of Harvey County does have fans to give families, based on income guidelines, for those who need them.

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control, electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. The CDC recommends taking a cool shower or bath or moving to an air-conditioned place to cool off. The CDC recommends visiting a shopping mall or public library for a few hours.

 

Energystar.gov recommends checking the direction a ceiling fan is turning. In the summer, use the ceiling fan in the counterclockwise direction. While standing directly under the ceiling fan you should feel a cool breeze. The airflow produced creates a wind-chill effect, making you "feel" cooler.