Beat the Heat! Why You Should “Tent” Your Air Conditioner in Michigan
In the words of Nelly, "It's Getting Hot In Here!"
I do not know about you but I do not plan on burning up tomorrow!
How can you cool off properly with the heat advisory in effect?
The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for certain parts of south-central and southwest Michigan from Wednesday noon to around Thursday at 2:00 AM.
The heat index in certain parts of Michigan could go up to 105 degrees, which is ridiculous!
With this heat advisory, you have to find ways to stay cool because they are encouraging people to find way to avoid heat strokes and heat exhaustion, especially if you are planning to be outside.
If you want to learn more about the heat advisory, you can read more here.
With the rising heat, there may be an option that may help us Michiganders with this ridiculous heat!
What is "Tenting"?
It is actually relatively simple.
You take a tent and put it around your air conditioner.
Casa How shared that,
"While it is doable to use an air conditioner in a tent, there are several things to consider. Because the AC must be able to run within the tent as well as constantly, it needs to be strong enough to do so. If you want to keep the tent cool, it usually necessitates modifications, such as insulation and airtightness."
Essentially, by putting a tent over an air conditioner, it is supposed to help the unit stay cool, which means it will have an easier time cooling off your home.
HVAC Tips on Tiktok also shared how amazing this tenting trend can be.
"HVAC technician test a recent viral video discussing shading an air conditioner with a tent. Hvac technicians can now all agree using a tent will help cool a home better. This will make your air conditioner run more efficiently and save money on the power bill if done correctly. Make sure to raise the tent at least 6 ft above your system."
@hvac_tips HVAC technician test a recent viral video discussing shading an air conditioner with a tent. Hvac technicians can now all agree using a tent will help cool a home better. This will make your air conditioner run more efficiently and save money on the power bill if done correctly. Make sure to raise the tent at least 6 ft above your system. #hvac #summerheat #viral #bluecollar #fyp #fypシ #maui @CaseyC650 @HVAC Business School @Not Just HVAC Erik @HVAC_MOM @Vinny HVACsupatech @Sam The HVAC Man @Internal Compass of NC ♬ Chillest in the Room - L.Dre
However, it would be unwise of me to not let you know that there can be a risk.
Kerry Adkins, owner of OnTime Service spoke with WRBC, about tenting.
"If you put a tent above it and the tent is low, all of that hot air it’s discharging out the top gets looped right back down to the unit and it can’t dissipate that heat."