Triple digit temps heat up local business

Medford, Ore. — With triple digits hitting the Rogue Valley, people are doing everything they can to stay cool. But some local companies are already feeling the heat, as the rise in temperatures means a meteoric rise in business.

“One-hundred calls a day on certain days,” Randy Ekwall said, a service technician with Jahnke Heating and Air Conditioning. “When it’s about 100 degrees out, it gets real busy.”

With those triple digits in the forecast, cool air is a hot commodity, and that’s Ekwall’s business.

“We can check the refrigerant levels, clean things as needed, and filters,” Ekwall said. “That’s the number one thing for a customer to do, is keep their filters clean.”

Ekwall recommends replacing filters every one to three months. He said just that alone might help cool down your home. But if your AC is slacking on the job, Jahnke and other companies are working non-stop, to keep you cool in the summer heat.

Folks with AC should keep their thermostat near 70 degrees. They say turning the temperature drastically down can cause the unit to lag or not perform well.

There are a few things you can do to help keep your house cool, even without air conditioning. Jahnke employees advise people to keep their blinds closed during the heat of day, and try to avoid using the oven.

Natalie Weber anchors Your Place @ 7, and reports for NBC5 News at 5 and 6. She is also the spokesperson for S.O. Close to Homeless, a community discussion on homelessness in our region, started by Access and NBC5 News.

Natalie began her career in journalism as an intern with NBC5 News during her senior year at South Medford High School. Following graduation, she was promoted to Producer for the morning news broadcast for NBC’s sister station, FOX26, then to Producer for NBC5 News at Sunrise.

Natalie took a break from news to work for the Medford Police Department as a Records Specialist. However, she missed the fast-paced environment of the newsroom. Natalie moved back to her hometown of Eureka, California to start her on-air career with North Coast News KAEF ABC23 before returning once again to NBC5 News.

Natalie attended Southern Oregon University. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, getting lost in a good book, and exploring Southern Oregon.

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