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Connecticut residents prepare for season's first heat wave

An Avon hardware store says fan and air conditioning unit supply sales increase ahead of hot weather as people try to stay cool.

AVON, Connecticut — Connecticut is preparing for its first summer heat wave as temperatures this week are expected to reach near 100 degrees.

Thunderstorms will appear Monday followed by a hot and humid Tuesday through Saturday. Temperatures are expected to reach 95 Wednesday and Saturday.

"We see an uptick in AC filters which should be changed every 90 days. We see an uptick in fans," Mark Kovac with Carr Hardware in Avon says. "FanS is a big seller. If you want to cut down on energy, you’re going to want to use fans instead of large appliances."

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He said other ways to conserve energy while staying cool are keeping windows covered and turning off non-essential lights.

There are many spots to cool off across Connecticut from local pools to the waterways of the state. 11-year-old Kevin Alano was enjoying the Farmington River Sunday with his friend. He says he plans to turn on the air conditioning and enjoy outside as the hot weather comes.

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Kovac says that even on the hottest days, they still get customers to come in for supplies to do yard work.

He says the filters on air conditioning units should be replaced every three months to prevent any build-up of dust or other particles that could block airflow. The hardware store and many other places also sell supplies to help keep pets cool like pools.

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Places like malls, libraries, and other indoor air-conditioned areas are also places to pass the time away from the heat.

Tony Black is a multi-media journalist at FOX61 News. He can be reached at tblack@fox61.com. Follow him on FacebookTwitter and Instagram


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