How to shut down a home or business if it gets too hot
By By Andrew P. MacDougall,Associated PressPublished Feb 06, 2018 10:30am EDTA house and a business that are often used as the setting for TV shows or movies could be shut down if they are too hot.
The Environmental Protection Agency says there is no reliable way to shut off or cool a house or business when the temperature reaches 104 degrees Fahrenheit or above.
That means homes and businesses are often not allowed to be in operation, even when the heat index is close to normal, but they are still allowed to stay open to provide heat.
The agency says a “reasonable” cooling method would be to shut the system off and let the air come in through the ventilators.
That would give the building and any surrounding buildings adequate cooling.
The problem is that the EPA says the most efficient way to cool is to turn off the heating system, which is often not possible, so many homes and offices are kept warm by ventilating through windows or doors.
If the water level in a house becomes too low to keep the system running, water can be poured into the water well and it would not affect the heat in the house.
The EPA says people should not drink the water.