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Tips on how your air conditioning unit can beat the heat

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Tips on how your air conditioning unit can beat the heat. (FOX Carolina/ July 21, 2017) Tips on how your air conditioning unit can beat the heat. (FOX Carolina/ July 21, 2017)
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Those who live in Greenville County are trying to find relief from the heat. Many took dips in a pool or grabbed scoops of ice cream, anything to beat the heat. Vincent Decabooter gave his plants a cold shower, but when he can be he stays inside.

"Try to keep blinds closed as much as possible," Decabooter said. "Humidity creeps up - don't want any part of it."

His air conditioning unit doesn't either, which gets a workout too. Inside his home, Decabooter keeps his thermostat between 71 to 73 degrees.

"I keep the upstairs set at a higher temperature versus downstairs," he said.

Decabooter hasn't had any problems with his unit, but others have. 

"We're getting a lot of customer calls 'my unit's not keeping up, it's not cooling my house,'" Joe Benson said. He's the HVAC service manager with Corley Plumbing, Air, Electric in Greenville.

"Don't go up or down with your thermostats because it could be very harmful on the compressor which is your outdoor unit that starts and stops- that's when most of the damage occurs," Benson said. "So, if it's maintaining, running all day or running consistently that's better for the unit and for the power bills than starting and stopping."

Benson says during extreme heat your home may not get extremely cold. 

"If it's 95 degrees outside you'll probably see about a 75 degree indoor temperature," he said.

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