Impact of extreme heat on Wichita Falls

Impact of extreme heat on Wichita Falls

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - Today saw another day over a hundred degrees in Wichita Falls. On those days, you don’t think twice before turning on your air conditioner.

If it fails you, though, your house could become unsafe to live in.

“It can just get too hot in the house,” said Robb Havens, the HVAC operations manager for James lane Air Conditioning and Plumbing.

Havens said for most people, their air conditioning unit is something that’s just out of sight and out of mind.

“So we take it for granted, and we just don’t think about it until it’s too late,” said Havens.

James Lane is already scheduling repair services for after hours, and is a day or so booked out on calls. Havens said they try to keep open spaces for emergency calls, which are those people with absolutely no cooling; but at this point, every call is an emergency.

“We’re just seeing a lot of them die and getting used a whole lot," said Havens. "So they need to be tended to in that time.”

Another issue homeowners need to be worried about is pests.

“They’re going inside homes through weather seals, entry points, windows and doorways. Anything they can they’re going to go inside right now,” said Jon Tartaglio, the owner of Big Jon’s Pest Control.

The warmer is forcing pests to look for food, water and other resources inside people’s homes.

“It’s just all abundant," said Tartaglio. "They’re all coming out right now”

Not only are the two-legged beings suffering, but the four-legged ones, too.

“Your pets need to be in a cool environment just like you are,” said the president of Emily’s Legacy Rescue Kimber Hopkins.

Emily’s Legacy Rescue tries to keep their dogs in foster homes when it’s this hot. When there aren’t enough fosters the dogs must stay at the kennel.

The dogs do have access to water and shade, and have industrial fans going constantly, but temperatures can still hit the 90′s inside.

“We would prefer that they be inside 100% of the time when its this hot because they can have a heat stroke,” said Hopkins.

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