It is hot! Even by SC standards, this is an early and intense heat wave, so be sure you and your group are taking the appropriate precautions to stay cool, hydrated and safe – we sure don’t want anyone to suffer heat exhaustion or a heat stroke!

The air conditioning systems at our homes will be under immense pressure to perform during this time, so I wanted to offer a few suggestions on how you can help it operate at its best:

• The AC system is designed to operate most efficiently when the difference between the internal and external temperatures is about 20-25 degrees. When the gap widens beyond that, it is very difficult for the AC system to keep up. PLEASE keep the thermostat set to between 70-72 degrees! I know it’s tempting to ratchet the temperature down but that will only cause the system to freeze up and necessitate an expensive service call. It takes up to 24 hours for the coils to defrost and you will be without any air conditioning during that period!

• Try to minimize opening and closing exterior doors, sliding glass doors and windows. I also know this is easier said than done because of how many people are staying in the home!

• Close all blinds and window coverings, especially those facing the sun

• Use the ceiling fans. The ceiling fan is turning the right direction for cooling if you can stand under it and feel the breeze. (The blades should turn counter-clockwise in summer). If that is not the case, then the direction switch needs to be flipped. The switch is located on the ceiling fan housing – so an adult should of course be the one to flip the switch. Please only do this is you can safely reach the switch! Otherwise, let me know and I’ll ask our Maintenance Supervisor to stop by with a tall ladder so he can make the adjustment.

Given the extent of this heat wave, the pool water is also going to feel quite warm. Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do to cool off a pool!

Intense afternoon storms can also develop with this type of weather, so be prepared to take the necessary safety precautions there as well.

Hopefully this weather will break soon and we’ll get back to our “normal” hot June days!