The heat and humidity are hanging on to the London region with no relief until the end of the workweek.
A heat warning remains in place with temperature Wednesday and Thursday expected to reach the low 30s, and that’s before you factor in the humidity.
And while there’s a risk of thunderstorms this evening it won’t mean cooler temperatures.
General Manager of Roy Inch and Sons Peter Inch tells AM980 they’ve noticed a huge spike in calls as people are learning the hard way that their air conditioning can’t keep up.
“Lots of no cools, people now – even though it has been warm – people seem now to be turning them on for the first time and finding out that they’ve got a problem and need to get it fixed. If it’s in the mid-20s an air conditioner may be keeping up but now that we get up into the 30s and with the humidex they’ll find out that it can’t keep up,” says Inch.
“We plan for this so we’re pretty good. We’re in our 90th year now so I think we’ve got it figured out by now. If you call in today we’ll get there today.”
According to Inch, the most important aspect of efficient and successful cooling is to make sure that you have a good, clean filter. He adds that you should also make sure any outside air conditioning unit is clear of debris like grass, trees, or shrubs.
“And then don’t set it back, so we don’t want to drop the temperature down because you’re going to work. If you can, run your furnace fan all the time and what that will do is pull that cold air out of the basement and move that around the house so that it will… maybe the air conditioner won’t run as much, but we’re not turning it on, shutting it off, and letting that cold air drop to the basement. If we keep the fan going we can keep moving that cold air,” Inch adds.
“Keep the blinds and your drapes closed if you have any afternoon sun or morning sun. Just close those drapes and blinds to prevent that heat from coming into the house. If you can, when you exit in and out of your house do it quickly and keep the door closed so you don’t get that blast of heat coming in.”
Environment Canada will likely to call off the heat warning on Friday when the high is forecast to be a more reasonable 27 degrees.