Summer 2022: How to stay cool during scorching temps, how to help your AC unit

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (WPVI) – We are in the midst of a dangerously hot spell of weather and it is expected to continue throughout the weekend.

“It’s hot. It’s the dog days of summer right now,” said preschool teacher Robyn Wheelock.

There’s no shortage of places to cool off in the city of Philadelphia.

“One of the best ways for us to beat the heat is to spend time in the shade, spend time in the water and make sure we’re drinking plenty of water,” Wheelock said.

Wheelock took her class of nine to Sister Cities Park for an early afternoon splash.

The Sprayground in Center City is a hotspot for families seeking respite from the scorching sun, especially with temperatures hitting the upper 90s this week.

“Early morning to the sun and back home,” said Jessica Thomas Edwards of West Philadelphia.

Not too far away we found plenty of people who walk or bike around Kelly Drive and know how to deal with the heat.

“Stay hydrated and don’t overexert yourself,” said Le-qi Tang of Philadelphia.

If you stay indoors, experts say you should make sure your air conditioner is working properly.

Gorge Tefa, the owner of Green Electric Heating and Cooling, offered some advice during these hot days.

“We’ve noticed a lot more calls coming in. Homeowners are worried about the coming heatwave,” Tefa said.

His best advice: Don’t mess with the thermostat too much.

“Because they’re stressing the unit that way, when they come back and the house is 85 degrees and they want to get it to 72 degrees, then the unit is going to be stressed,” Tefa said.

He also says that for just a few dollars, monthly filter changes are the best way to avoid expensive service calls in the middle of a heat wave.

If you don’t have air conditioning, there are several cooling centers across the city, as well as public places like your local library or senior center.

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