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One Quick and Easy DIY Tip to Keep Your Home Cool and Comfortable this Summer!

Here’s the thing: the harder any piece of mechanical equipment has to work, the more energy it uses, and the quicker it needs service or repair. Look at it this way — if you change the oil in your car regularly, and keep the tires inflated, your car lasts longer and you get much better gas mileage, right?

Well, the same thinking holds true for your home’s central air conditioning system — do a little regular maintenance and not only will you pay a whole lot less to PSE&G, but the system itself will last years longer.

While it’s best to have a certified HVAC service professional perform an annual maintenance on your system in order to repair sealed areas, clean coils and fins, and adjust both the blower and refrigerant as needed, the one thing that you can do is replace your systems air filter on a regular basis.

Think of your AC system as something that breathes: the air filter is like a fine mask that traps dust and particulates so they don’t circulate through your home. But as they accumulate, the system needs to work much harder to ‘inhale’ — which means that you’ll use more energy and increase wear on the overall system. Plus, over time, clogged filter often give way, allowing dust and allergens to circulate throughout your house.

Luckily, the fix is an easy one — Just Change your Filter. And here’s how to do it:

1) Turn Off The Power:

IMPORTANT: Be sure to TURN OFF your Indoor Air Conditioning Unit before servicing the unit. Simply locate the safety switch, which looks like a light switch, on the blower, air handler or furnace, and switch it off. In some cases, the switch may be at the top of the basement stairs or on the wall next to the indoor unit.

2) Locate Your Filter:

Air Filters are always located in the airflow stream of your system, typically, in one of two places, the main living area, or the basement. In the main living area, air filter access will be on the return air-duct register: look for a large rectangular grate, usually located on either a wall or ceiling, often in a central hallway. If it is in the basement, it will be part of the air-handler unit, usually by your furnace. In this case, look for a panel or door (sometimes marked “Filter”) mounted near the blower motor. In either location, the panel or grate can either slide off or easily be removed with a screwdriver.

3) Clean or Replace Your Filter:

Once you have located the filter, check to see if it is disposable, or intended to be cleaned and reused. If the filter is disposable, simply discard and replace with a new one, taking care to match the arrows with the direction of the air flow. If it is a reusable filter, cleaning instructions are usually printed on the filter itself. In most cases, cleaning involves simply rinsing the filter with a garden hose and allowing it to dry throughly before placing back in the unit.

4) Once your filter has been either cleaned or replaced, secure the panels and/or grates in reverse order. Then, turn on the safety switch and restart you system.

And that’s all there is to it! Remember, a little maintenance goes a long way. Stay cool, and have a great Summer!

04/21/14 12:22pm
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With winter ending and spring arriving, Long Island residents will soon face that humid, sweltering heat that comes with every summer season.

But this summer you don’t have to be miserable in the heat.

Flanders Heating and Air Conditioning has a number of tips and products to help anyone survive this upcoming season. (more…)

07/27/13 8:00am
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FILE PHOTO | A dog chases his owner in Orient during last week’s heat wave. They ended up swimming together under the causeway with the man’s two daughters close behind.

My son sent me a text the other day. As usual, he employed an amazing economy of words.

“I don’t remember this.”

“This” refers to summer weather in Washington, D.C., which he apparently does not recollect, although we lived there during his preschool years. He’d come into the townhouse after racing around the courtyard with his little buddies, face flushed, breathing like a racehorse, with T-shirt and shorts looking like they were spray-painted on.

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TIM KELLY

His folks were wise enough to keep to the front door’s air-conditioned side and wise enough to move north. Much later, he and our lovely daughter-in-law’s career paths took them back to our nation’s capital, covered each July and August by a dome of equatorial heat and rain forest humidity. At this time of year the place is a swamp, infested not with gators, but guys in Brooks Brothers suits and Cole-Haan shoes, especially on Capitol Hill, a swamp in the non-meterological sense as well. Those creatures can be just as ill-tempered, and far more dangerous.

Last week we might as well have been back on the Potomac’s sodden shores — where the temps reached 98 with a heat index of 105 — what with the week-long heat wave and the back and forth dash from AC’d vehicles to AC’d buildings. And that makes me cross, vexed even.

As much as I’m not on speaking terms with the sun, it’s usually quite effective to slather up or cover up or simply wait for sundown. Except when you slather up and the stinging, burning sunscreen drips into your eyes. I’ve piped in many a parade where folks wondered why I looked like I’d just downed a glass of month-old milk.

You can dress in layers when it’s cold, but when Herr Heat comes to town there’s only so much you can take off — for legal and aesthetic reasons, that is.

Been to Florida twice, and if there’s never a third time that’s fine by me. Well, unless one of the offspring springs for a trip to Disney or the Universal theme parks. Wouldn’t mind seeing that Harry Potter thing, but not in July or August.

Perhaps there’s a genetic component to this aversion to heat. Some years back, at the beginning of an anniversary bus tour through Ireland, the guide intoned, “See that bright yellow thing in the sky? Take a good look now, for you may never see it again.” It being June, the weather ’twas grand altogether, as they say over there. Sunny and in the 70s when we rolled into Dublin, which is as far north as Newfoundland. In St. Stephen’s Green, not far from Trinity College, young people dotted the grass like dandelions in May. That’s hot for Ireland, where the highest temperature ever recorded was just under 92 degrees.

Ninety-two? Get outta here, will ya?

Over the years I’ve had to employ a number of heat-deterring strategies. During high school, my room had a 1920s radiator stuck in the full open position. You could pan fry a two-inch-thick T-bone on that thing during cold snaps. The answer? Grab a sleeping bag and head up to the attic.

Had a summer job at the Bohack’s (yes, that’s a real name) supermarket in Westhampton Beach and, walking back from lunch one day, spied this guy on an empty lot selling water bed mattresses — just the mattress — for 20 bucks each. He had me at “Hello.”

I unfolded it in the back yard ’neath a venerable Norway maple’s spreading canopy and stuck a garden hose in it. In no time we had a poor man’s trampoline for the nieces and nephews and a usually cool place to sleep for Uncle Tim. Since it was chlorine-free, the water tended to get a little gross late in the season, but as the plastic grew more opaque with age, who cared? You just didn’t want to be standing there in the fall when it was time to unscrew the cap.

My preoccupation with the State of Maine is based in part on the Pine Tree State’s summer climate, which can get hot, but not D.C. hot. It always seems to cool off at night, especially near the water. January to April? Don’t want to talk about it.

So what’s the answer? Sit by the AC tuned into the Cartoon Network until the pumpkin-pickers’ eastward migration heralds autumn’s arrival? Not a bad idea, actually.

Note to the Mrs.: If you catch me watching C-SPAN, grab the remote, turn to anything other than the Lifetime or Oxygen channels and throw it out the window. Certainly won’t be goin’ outside to get it.

tkelly@timesreview.com

07/18/13 2:51pm
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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | With temperatures in the high 90s, even dogs needed to cool off Thursday at Kent Animal Shelter in Calverton. Around 15 puppies arrived this week from Grand Bahamas and are available for adoption.

Growing tired of the sweltering heat? You’re not the only one. Take a look below at how some people are dealing with the heat wave.

07/15/13 10:19am
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CYNDI MURRAY | Old Steeple Church has some fun with a heat wave message Monday.

Update: Riverhead Town has opened a cooling center in Aquebogue and will extend town beach hours as residents try to stay cool.

The Senior and Human Resources Center at 60 Shade Tree Lane will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Friday to provide water and air conditioning for those who can’t beat the heat, Supervisor Sean Walter said in a statement Monday.

Beaches will also remain open with lifeguards on duty until 7 p.m., officials said.

The National Weather Service issued a Heat Advisory for Suffolk County Monday afternoon until 8 p.m. Residents are advised to drink plenty of fluids, seek air conditioning, and stay out of the sun.

Original Story: A mid-summer heat wave will bring high temperatures in the low- to mid-90s and muggy conditions that may feel as hot as 100 degrees to the North Fork throughout this week, weather officials said.

The high temperatures are expected to begin today, Monday, with a high in the low 90s, said National Weather Service meteorologist Ashley Sears. Those temperatures will stay about the same through Tuesday, and will climb into the mid-90s by Wednesday, she said.

The area won’t see relief from the heat until as late as Sunday, when a string of thunderstorms could cool off the area, Ms. Sears said.

Because of the weather, Riverhead Town officials announced Monday that town beaches will remain open and staffed unti 7 p.m. from Monday through Friday.

The heat wave is caused by a system of hot, dry air that’s parked over most of the eastern United States, from everywhere north of the Mason-Dixon line and east of the Mississippi.

“We have this massive high pressure system that’s ushering in the dry weather and the really high temperatures,” Ms. Sears said.

Though a heat advisory is in effect for Nassau County and most of the tri-state area, no advisory has been issued for Suffolk County  yet. Ms. Sears said the advisories are only put out when heat indexes reach 100 degrees.

Still, residents should take precautions, she said.

People are advised to stay indoors when possible, drink plenty of fluids, wear light clothing and not exert themselves outdoors if possible, she said. Pets are also vulnerable to the heat and should be well cared for, Ms. Sears added.

Residents without air conditioning should look to visit a mall, shopping center or a friend or family member who may have air conditioning to cool off.

“Now would be a good time to catch up” with old friends, she said.

psquire@timesreview.com

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07/23/11 2:12pm
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Still hot? You bet, but not as much.

Temperatures won’t make triple digits Saturday, but the state Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an air quality health advisory for Suffolk County until 11 p.m. The concern is high levels of ozone.

Sunlight and high temperatures create ozone which, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,  can cause many health problems such as chest pain, coughing, throat irritation, and congestion. It can also worsen bronchitis, emphysema and asthma.

The state health department recommends limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity.

Updated information is available by calling the DEC’s air quality hotline at 1-800-535-1345.