(North Royalton)- Summer has officially arrived in Northeast Ohio, and with it has come a week of warm temperatures.

With that rise in temperature has come an increase in service calls to local heating and cooling companies. Sal Sidoti of Sal's Heating and Cooling in North Royalton estimates that business has increased "200 to 300 percent" in recent weeks.

The intense heat can have adverse effects on health, and Sidoti says there are easy ways to be proactive and beat the summer heat.

"Don't wait to the last minute to turn on your equipment," Sidoti says. "Check on loved ones, especially the elderly."

People concerned about rising energy costs can take simple steps to avoid overworking their air conditioner. Cleaning the coils, as well as removing and obstructions from in front of the air conditioner can keep clean air flowing into the unit.

In addition, regular replacement of the system's filter can keep units working at optimal levels.

"Maintain your equipment yearly, check your filter monthly, and be vigilant," Sidoti recommends.

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