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Prolonged heat in West Virginia is potential issue for home cooling appliances


Times West Virginian

Mon Power substation electricians Evan Hamilton, left, and Travis Stemple inspect a transformer control cabinet to ensure functionality under the heat at a site outside Fairmont.
(Submitted photo)

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — With temperatures rising into the 90s consistently throughout June and July, thousands of households throughout West Virginia crank up the A/C in retaliation.

But the forces used to beat the heat may end up losing out to the temperature if left on for too long, as even cooling devices are capable of overheating.

“Typically during a heat wave, you have numerous days in a row where the temperatures are in the 90s, and at night when humidity is so high your temperatures don’t go out of the 70s,” Todd Meyers, a spokesperson for Mon Power, said. “It’s all driven by air conditioning — electric usage is up because people are running their air conditioners. It’s sort of 24/7 to keep cool.”

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