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Air Conditioning Appreciation Days: July 3 - August 15.

ARLINGTON, Va. -- It is hard to find an industry where air conditioning and refrigeration has not impacted operations significantly in the past 50 years. It has influenced virtually every part of our lives. And when the hot, humid days of summer roll around, we are reminded to recognize, and "appreciate" air conditioning for its accomplishments.

How many tempers have been quelled? How has productivity been increased? How many technologies have been allowed to develop? How many medical problems have been alleviated and how has our quality of life been improved because of air conditioning? Today, we consider air conditioning almost a necessity in our working and personal lives.

With summer bringing those hot, sticky days, it's no surprise that July 3 through August 15 are "Air Conditioning Appreciation Days," a period that we commonly refer to as "the dog days of summer." As part of "Air Conditioning Appreciation Days," The Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) wants every homeowner to know that "appreciating" or caring for your air conditioner can save you money and keep your equipment operating smoothly during the "dog days of summer."

ARI has developed a list of basic guidelines that can help you keep cool this summer, and at minimum cost:
 1. Clean or replace the air conditioner's filter monthly during peak use.
 2. Central air conditioners and heat pumps should have annual, equipment
 inspections by a trained technician who will check refrigerant fluid
 and mechanical operations.
 3. Keep fallen leaves, grass clippings, foliage and other dirt and debris
 away from your outdoor unit.
 4. Don't block vents or ducts inside the house to assure air flow in the
 5. Caulk and install weather stripping around windows and doors to close
 air gaps.
 6. Run fans to keep air moving, so you feel cooler and can cut back air
 conditioner use.
 7. Avoid using the oven during the day. Run the dishwasher, washing
 machine and dryer in the evening, when electricity rates may be lower
 and heat from those appliances won't increase the demands on your air
 8. Turn off lamps, TV and other appliances when not in use.
 9. Raise the thermostat setting as much as possible without sacrificing
 comfort. For every degree you raise the setting, you can expect to cut
 your energy consumption by 3 to 5 percent.
 10. Use shades, blinds, or curtains to keep sunlight out of the house.
 11. Keep windows and doors closed when the air conditioner is on.

You will appreciate air conditioning even more when you keep your costs down and your equipment running smoothly.

The Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute is the trade association representing manufacturers of more than 90 percent of North American produced central air-conditioning and commercial refrigeration equipment. Visit ARI on the Web at .


Contact: Joe Stevens, Communications, of Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute, +1-703-524-8800 or

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