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The Summertime Power Outage: Could You Ride One Out?

A summertime power outage in the Orlando area presents hazards and challenges, but when you spend a little time preparing for it, it’s a lot easier to get through it. Bad weather or blackouts due to high demand can precipitate an outage, and it’s hard to know just how long it will last.Use these tips to prepare for unpredictable outages this summer to help you cope:

  • Have at least three days of food in your pantry that doesn’t require cooking, like nut butters, crackers, canned fruit and vegetables and shelf-ready food.
  • Keep an insulated cooler on hand to use for a prolonged outage. You can take some of the food out of the refrigerator and freezer and store it in the cooler, so you won’t have to open the doors to these appliance. An instant-read thermometer is also useful once the power returns to determine whether the food is safe. Anything over 40 degrees should be thrown out.
  • Supply your home with plenty of drinkable water. The Red Cross recommends one gallon per person for at least three days. Be sure you rotate the water to maintain freshness.
  • Consider having a battery-operated fan for each household member. Power outages in the summer can make your home exceptionally hot and humid. Fans can increase your comfort.
  • Always have enough batteries on hand for your flashlights and radios. Avoid using candles in an emergency because of the danger of fire.
  • Learn to operate your garage door opener manually so that you can leave the area during a longer outage if it’s safe to drive.
  • Look into a standby generator for your home. which will start up immediately once the power goes out and can power one or more circuits, depending on the size of the generator.
  • Evaluate your home for solar power, which may help you sail through an outage with no inconvenience, especially if have enough deep-cycle batteries for power storage.

If you’d like to learn more about coping with power outages, contact Rinaldi’s Air Conditioning. We’ve provided HVAC services in the Orlando area since 1969.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Orlando, Florida and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about power outages and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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