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Extreme heat has AC experts reminding customers about proper maintenance

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Temperatures expected to soar over the weekend (FOX Carolina) Temperatures expected to soar over the weekend (FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

With the dog days of summer upon us, many are worried about just keeping cool, but without regular air conditioning maintenance, you could be paying more and getting less. 

"Your system is just going to run forever, your energy costs are just going to go up, and you are going to think something is wrong with your system," said technician Joe Benson with Corley Plumbing Air Electric. 

He said setting your thermostat to 70, will just make your AC work harder, with little result.

"72 is a good temperature or 73...and leave it alone," said Benson.

When it's triple digits outside, your AC wants to work less, experts said. 

"Being extreme weather of about 100 degrees you are probably looking at 75 degrees as what you are going to get [inside]," said Benson. 

The heat is already being blamed for two deaths in South Carolina, including one in Ware Shoals this week, where a man's body was found inside his home where temperatures reached upward of 100 degrees. 

"Make sure your filters are clean," said Benson. "Make sure the unit is not obstructed by vegetation or bushes."

Temperatures over the weekend are expected to climb into the triple digits. 

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