Posting Date: March 26, 2018
Posted by: Jason Nyarady, Fort Pierce, Fl Branch Manager
With an average year-round temperature of more than 70 degrees, Florida is the hottest state in the nation – a place where air conditioning is a necessity rather than a luxury.
The heat, of course, is one of the best things about Florida. But it can also be dangerous or even deadly – especially for the elderly and people with heat-sensitive medical conditions – if you’re not prepared for it.
As we head toward the hotter days of 2018, it’s important to remember how best to prepare yourself – and your air conditioning system – for the cooling challenges to come. Here are the three most important things to remember:
- Make sure your home cooling system is reliable – The best way to avert the dangers of having no air conditioning in your home is by having regular cooling system tune-ups. About four out of five cooling system failures are the result of neglect; take proactive steps to make sure your air conditioning system won’t fail you when you need it most.
- Make sensible upgrades – A central air conditioner or heat pump can last from 10-15 years or so (on the shorter end if it’s not maintained properly) – but as it ages, it becomes more prone to failure and costly repairs. There will, in fact, come a time where the cost to keep your old A/C or heat pump might be higher than the cost of replacing it – especially when you factor in manufacturer and utility incentives.
- Have a contingency plan – Most cooling system failures happen when your equipment is overworking – usually during one of the hotter periods of the year. During those times, demand for expert HVAC service is usually high – contact us immediately for emergency help and we will get there as quickly as possible.In the meantime, it’s important to have a short-term contingency plan, particularly if you have people at home who could be in danger from overexposure to heat. If you can leave the house, temporarily stay with a neighbor or family member or at a hotel while your A/C is being serviced; during the daytime, you can also try the mall, a local library, a senior citizens center, or a movie house.
If you can’t leave the house, try:
- Drawing the blinds and curtains to keep away the sun
- Closing windows to keep out the heat (open them again in the evening)
- Drinking cold fluids and staying hydrated
- Using fans (place box fans near an external door facing an external wall, and make sure ceiling fans are spinning counter clockwise to draw air up).
- Staying in the basement, since basements are typically 10-15 degrees cooler than the rest of the house
Get ready for the heat: Contact us today to schedule a tune-up for your air conditioner or heat pump, or to sign up for one of our high value Service Plans. If you’re ready for a cooling system upgrade, we can help you there, too – just ask for a FREE, no obligation estimate from one of our expert sales team.