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How to keep cool inside this week

Whether or not you have an AC
Posted at 6:36 PM, Jul 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-06 18:36:31-04

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WKBW) — Temperatures will be in the 90s this week and there are plenty of ways to keep cool outside, but what if you're stuck working at home?

"More people are home so the unit's not getting a setback during the day, so there's just more usage," said Thomas Wrat, General Manager of HVAC and Sustainability at NOCO.

More usage could lead to more problems, which is why NOCO is seeing 100+ calls daily.

If you have AC and need some help, here are a few tips:

  • Many systems are only designed to be 20 degrees below the temperature outside, so you might not be able to turn your thermostat to 60 degrees like normal
  • Make sure your furnace filter has been cleaned
  • If you have the ability on your stat to turn the fan on, let the fan run all the time
  • Check your outdoor unit and keep it clean

If you don't have an AC, maybe the hardware store is your best bet.

"There's definitely been an upsurge in people coming in, we're having a little bit of trouble getting certain items, but we do have box fans in stock, we have window units, we have a portable air conditioner unit," said Andrew Achenbach, who works at Ed Young's True Value Hardware.

Keeping cool on a budget?

New York State is expanding its cooling assistance program for those most vulnerable during the pandemic. If you qualify, you can apply by phone, click here to find your local contact.