As summer gets underway, triple-digit temperatures soon may become the norm in Killeen and the surrounding areas.

As everyone runs their air conditioning more than any other time of the year, local air-conditioning businesses are busier than ever.

Multiple local businesses shared how busy they are and how local residents should handle their air conditioning this summer.

John Deane, owner of Deane Electric and Air Conditioning, said he is busier in the summer than any other time of the year and that he has been so busy he is up to 48 hours behind getting to a customer to help them.

“It’s busier than it has ever been. It’s so busy that we can’t get people done the way they need,” Deane said.

He also talked about mistakes people make with their air conditioning in the summer.

“The biggest mistake people make is they assume the air conditioner makes new air. They think the AC can do more than it can,” he said.

He added that the air conditioner only recirculates the air that is already in the house and that residents should open their windows at least once a day to let new air into the house.

Lastly, he talked about where residents should keep their thermostat this summer to conserve energy.

“If you have cheap air conditioning, you better leave it around 78. Anything lower than 75 is foolish because if you keep the temperature that low, when you go out in the heat you won’t be able to take it,” Deane said.

Mason Ellis, an owner of Ellis Air in Killeen, reiterated what Deane said about the summer months.

“We are much busier during the summer months; we are working long hours to try and keep up,” Ellis said. “During this extreme heat, your air conditioner is working much harder than it typically would, thus failing more frequently.”

When it comes to conserving energy, Ellis has some short-term and long-term solutions.

“Ultimately we all must lower our energy consumption, whether it’s unplugging computers, turning your air conditioner up to 78 degrees or turning off lights when they aren’t being used, but these are temporary fixes to a larger problem,” Ellis said. “If you truly want to decrease your carbon footprint, increase comfort and lower your energy bills, then you should look into installing a high-efficiency HVAC system. Some customers are cutting their electric bills by 60% with new units.”

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cool] Awesome information. Keeping the HVAC in top shape, including changing filters, is the smartest thing you can do. Asking it to perform beyond its capabilities will just waste money, like holding the gas pedal to the floor on my old 68 VW bus trying to hit 90 MPH, just wastes gas. The goal is to cool about 20-25 degrees cooler than the outside. Use fans to help feel cool, but only when you're in the room. Units are designed for 78 degrees; lowering to 75 adds 25% to cooling costs, pushing to 72, you are almost doubling the AC costs. If you are setting the thermostat to 72 just to get comfortable, it usually has more to do with humidity; long run times slowly dehumidify the home. A more efficient path, buy a dehumidifier; you find 78 degrees and 45% humidity will feel cool, 72 degrees and 60% humidity feel cold and clammy. Often a warm home is not an AC issue, but an older house absorbs the outside heat faster than the AC can cool it. It hard to cool a wicker basket, search out and seal air leaks and improve the insulation. Saving 60% on the electric bill may have been more appropriately stated “60% of the HVAC portion of the electric bill” since the AC accounts for only 40% of the average home's electric bill.

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