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Triple digit temps mean stress on cooling units, vehicles

Preventative maintenance and money saving steps, like drawing the blinds or running a fan to cool the air in your home down can save you money. Preventative maintenance and money saving steps, like drawing the blinds or running a fan to cool the air in your home down can save you money.

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - With triple digit temperatures in the weekend forecast, you may be tempted to turn down the air conditioning as low as it can go, but heating and cooling experts say that's a bad idea.

"If it's a hundred degrees outside, you're never going to get the temperature in your house down to 65," said Shaun Leary of Air Mechanic Heating & Cooling. Leary says air conditioning units can't efficiently cool more than about 25 degrees lower than the outside temperature. Any lower, and you run the risk of burning out your system.

"73 or 74 degrees is a great temperature," Leary said. "It'll keep the humidity out of your house. That's the thing to do this time of year, especially."

The risk of over-heating isn't just in your home; it can happen in your car, too. Experts at C&G Auto say when it gets hot, watch out for the warning signs that your A/C is about to go.

"If you get in traffic and your air starts to warm up, it's a good idea to check and make sure your cooling fans are working," said mechanic Barry Abrams.

Abrams also stressed the importance of topping off coolant levels and checking your hoses. One hot day too many and a hose can burst, doing your engine serious damage.

All in all, experts say preventative maintenance and money saving steps, like drawing the blinds or running a fan to cool the air in your home down, is the best way to keep your A/C running smoothly on hot days.

"It'll save you money in the long run," Leary said. "In a situation where the system will be tested, like this weekend, it'll work a lot better for you."

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