CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Although it’s not officially summer yet, the Southern Piedmont area will be hit this week with a heat wave. High temperatures above 90 degrees could cause problems with air conditioning units and may result in higher than normal utility bills.
The BBB has advice for how you can stay cool during the hot weather. "Air conditioning units can be the most expensive equipment in your home," said BBB President Tom Bartholomy. "Given the large number of contractors and companies that provide air conditioning service, it is important to distinguish between the good and the bad."
“In the past 36 months, consumers have checked out air conditioning services with the BBB more than 165,000 times,” Bartholomy said. “However, consumers have only filed 283 complaints during the same time period because they are doing their research to find a company they can trust.”
Emergency service - If your air conditioning unit breaks and you need emergency service, the BBB has these tips:
High utility bills – High temperatures also mean high utility bills. "Many people go without air conditioning because they can't afford it," said Bartholomy. "Unfortunately, extreme heat can be deadly."
If you cannot afford to pay your utility bills, the BBB has this advice:
Home maintenance - The BBB has these tips for making your home more energy-efficient year round:
For more information, please visit BBB or call the BBB toll-free in N.C. and S.C. at 1-877-317-7236.