AC Repair | Power Outages

AC Repair | What To Do In A Power Outage. . .

AC Repair | A power outage can either be a simple nuisance or a major catastrophe.

It depends on how your family is prepared for the situation.

Everything from downed power lines to substation failures to tropical storm interference — a very common problem for us Florida folks — can cause the lights in your house and more to go dark, including its HVAC system.

Knowing how to handle these situations well in advance will make the inconvenience of not having power a little less stressful.

Approaching an outage the right way

If your home is not equipped with a back-up generator make sure to keep a good supply of candles, flashlights, batteries, and lighters in reach. Ideally and to stay safe, these items should be stored in a designated area for easy access. Make sure everyone in your home knows where to find them.

Your first course of action should be to place all perishable food into a container full of ice. Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed to prevent the internal temperature from rising.

Generally speaking, most frozen food items will be safe to eat within a four-hour window. If the outage lasts for longer than this, err on the safe side and place them in the icebox. Milk, eggs, cheese and other dairy products should be removed immediately, as they are more prone to spoiling.

A fresh supply of bottled water will also be essential, since any purification systems are likely to stop working during the outage. If you must use the tap and still have gas heating, make sure to boil water before drinking and using for personal hygiene. One minute of boiling is sufficient to kill most contaminants. Since there will be no access to television or internet, it is also wise to invest in an emergency weather radio.

Staying up-to-date on outage conditions is important, since you may need to reset your home’s main circuit breaker to restore power.

Familiarize yourself with the location of the control panel and its layout. In most homes, this device can be found in the basement, attic, or ground floor access rooms.

Additionally, no one wants to go without air conditioning in the middle of a Florida summer, so the HVAC pros at Air McCall strongly urge residents to invest in a backup generator, preferably one that will supply your home’s heating and cooling needs for at least a few hours.

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