Living in South Florida, residents aren’t sure the type of weather to expect. The last quarter of the year could bring perfect beach weather or severe storms like hurricanes. When severe weather strikes, you want to be prepared to take shelter and protect your home during a power outage.
With offices in Pompano Beach and Port St. Lucie, our team at Lindstrom Air Conditioning & Plumbing have seen it all, and we want our neighbors to prepare themselves when severe weather strolls into town. Experiencing a power outage for a few minutes is one thing, but extended outages can be a nightmare. Here are some ways you can protect your home during a power outage.
Before a power outage strikes
Take inventory. Know that when a power outage occurs, it impacts many parts of everyday life. It will disrupt communication, water, and transportation. Banks, grocery stores, and gas stations may close. It could also cause food to spoil and prevent the use of medical devices. Before a power outage happens, take inventory of all items inside your home that rely on electricity. Next, you can pack flashlights and backup batteries.
Install a surge protector
To protect your air conditioning system during a power outage, you’ll want to invest in a surge protector. Your air conditioner has many moving internal parts that can be damaged when an outage occurs. Surge protectors identify excess energy and immediately turns it off. Our team at Lindstrom can help install one with your next appointment.
Invest in a backup generator. Backup generators can become a lifesaver when a power outage occurs unexpectedly. You and your family will have access to everyday essentials, appliances, and medical equipment. If your area experiences extended outages often, it might be a good idea to invest in a system.
During a power outage
Start unplugging. Once the power goes out, there becomes a high risk of a power surge. Be sure to unplug appliances and devices that are not covered by a surge protector.
Close doors and windows. If your cooling system is out of commission, be sure to keep your doors and windows closed. This will help trap cool air inside your home.
Keep food cool. You’ll want to keep your fridge and freezer closed during an outage. According to Ready.gov, the refrigerator should say cool for about four hours before food begins to spoil. Toss any food items after the temperature rises above 40 degrees.
We hope our family at Lindstrom could help provide guidance to your family in case of an emergency. Schedule an appointment by calling (800) 813-1824 to learn more about our cooling, plumbing, and air quality services.