The temperature continues to rise in New Jersey with the hottest days expected later this week. Some areas of the state could reach nearly 100 degrees.

Stay cool with tips to beat the heat! Learn how to keep your home comfortable and save on energy bills.

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It's every homeowner's worst nightmare, coming home on a sweltering day to an air conditioner not working.

When I came home from work yesterday I noticed my house was getting warmer and warmer. The outside condenser wasn't running and warm air was coming from the vents.

I made a call to an HVAC repair company and the owner came right out to take a look

Turns out the capacitor broke and it needed refrigerant. I was beyond grateful he came out right away and got my air conditioner working again!

Thank you to all the HVAC Technicians working so hard in this heat to keep our air conditioning units up and running.

Read More: Hey, New Jersey! A Delicious Taste Of Rita’s New Flavor Water Ice says, 78 degrees Fahrenheit is the standard temperature setting according to the Environmental Protection Agency. However, it all depends on your comfort level because that seems pretty high. They offer ways to keep your home cool this summer.

Ways to Keep Your Home Cool

Use Fans

"Circulating air throughout the house is a good way to prevent it from getting too hot."

Close Blinds and Curtains

"Sunlight increases heat."

Avoid Using Heat-Generated Appliances

"Try to avoid using heat-generating appliances such as ovens, stoves, and dryers as much as possible."

Use Energy-Efficient Lighting

"Traditional incandescent bulbs emit more heat than energy-efficient alternatives including LED bulbs."

Optimize Airflow

"Arrange furniture and other belongings to ensure proper airflow."

Here are some more ways to stay cool and safe in this heat.

How To Stay Safe in Extreme Heat in New Jersey

It's going to be a hot couple of days in New Jersey, so let's take a look at a couple of safety tips to stay safe during a heat wave.

According to NSW Health, there are several ways to make sure that you and your neighbors don't let the heat get to you!

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NJ beach among best in America for summer vacations

U.S. News & World Report compiled a full list of the best beaches in the nation for 2024. The top 22 from that list are included here, beginning with New Jersey.
A list of New Jersey's best beaches specifically chosen by you is also included.

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