How’s this for a summer nightmare? It’s one of the hottest days of the year, during a time when air conditioning usage is at its peak when all of a sudden, your power goes out. It could be a big deal or a small deal. Many Long Islanders lost power in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, for example. Other power outages are quick and end in an hour or two. Either way, a summer power outage can be at least a major annoyance and sometimes a dangerous proposition. At Tragar Home Services, keeping homes cool is our business and we want you to know what you should do if you lose power.
Tragar Can Keep You Cool All Summer
We’re home cooling experts at Tragar and we can install your central air conditioning or ductless air conditioning systems. We’ll also keep your cooling system in good working order. We can set up maintenance plans that will get your system ready at the start of the summer and lengthen the life of your air conditioner. While we can’t fix a power outage, we will do emergency repairs if things heat up because of a problem with your air conditioning. Tragar can keep you cool all summer.
Preparing for a Power Outage
You can get through an emergency like a power outage a lot easier if you’re prepared. According to NBC News, the first thing you should do when you lose power is, report it to your power company. Even if the power is out on your entire block, you can’t assume your neighbors have reported the outage. Calling your utility company will very often result in being updated on the estimated time you’ll get electricity back.
But before your outage strikes, you need to prepare. If you know of a storm or other conditions that can create a power outage you should get ready by buying or making ice cubes in advance and freezing water containers as well, according to the Food and Drug Administration. This will help freeze food while you wait for the power to come back on. It’s also a good idea to keep an appliance thermometer in your refrigerator and make sure your freezer temperature is below zero in the freezer and 40 degrees in the refrigerator or food will spoil.
Staying Cool During an Outage
Once you’ve lost power, there are things you can do to keep things as cool as possible inside. HuffPost recommends:
- Keeping your blinds closed because up to 30 percent of unwanted heat comes through windows. If you own blackout curtains, you’ll keep out even more heat.
- Close the doors of unused rooms to preserve cool air that existed in rooms before the outage.
- Sleep on the lower floors of your home, because heat rises.
Let Tragar Keep You Comfortable Year Round
When you lose power you appreciate the importance of air conditioning and Tragar Home Services will keep you cool all summer long and we’ll also tell you ways to stay energy efficient. With autumn just around the corner, you should look to Tragar to take care of all your heating needs, too. We can keep you comfortable all year round. Contact us today.