The throes of the dog days of summer are upon us and that means it is hotter than usual here in the desert. Dog days refers to the period between early July and September, when the hot, sultry weather of summer is at its peak. Most folks also experience a bit of lethargy lethargy and stagnation of activity due to the oppressive heat of the dog days.
But why do dogs get singled out? Certainly, they aren’t the only creatures uncomfortable in the stifling heat and humidity. The answer can be found in ancient mythology and astronomy. The canine in question is actually the dog star, also known as Sirius. Merriam-Webster.com states, “The star has long been associated with sultry weather in the northern hemisphere because it rises simultaneously with the sun during the hottest days of summer. In the ancient Greek constellation system, this star (called Seirios in Greek) was considered the hound of the hunter Orion and was given the epithet Kyon, meaning “dog.” The Greek writer Plutarch referred to the hot days of summer as hēmerai kynades (literally, “dog days”), and a Latin translation of this expression as dies caniculares is the source of our English phrase.”
No matter the origin of the term, when the dog days of summer set in, we all want to take refuge from the heat however we can. This means we lean heavily on our home or business air conditioning system and count on it to keep us cool and comfortable. However, air conditioning systems work their hardest during the dog days and the constant heat and humidity takes its toll on your A/C. So, it’s imperative that you keep your system maintained and in top working condition. Cleaning or changing your air filter and making sure your system is fully charged are maintenance must-dos and a complete system tune-up is always a good idea.
Let the licensed professionals at General Air Conditioning help you through the dog days of summer and take care of all of your home comfort needs… Call us today.