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Keeping Cool While the Power's Out

Power outages can be as frustrating as they are unexpected. The key to dealing with one is being prepared from the get-go, whether it’s for a big storm or the inevitable summer blackout. After reporting the outage to your utility company, here are some things you can do to keep cool when the AC kicks off in Palm Beach County.

Dress Light

The first step is to consider what you’re wearing when the power goes out. If you’re wearing dark jeans and a jacket, you’re going to get hot quickly — especially in the middle of summer. Make the change into something lighter, and opt for brighter colors over darker ones. Something you would normally wear to the gym should suffice.

Drink Fluids

Be sure to drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated during a power outage. Water is your best bet. If you’re hungry, eat small portions of cold food. Anything heavy will just weigh you down and make you hotter.

Stay in a Cool Area of Your Home

Heat rises in homes, so to stay cool plan to hang out on the lower level of your home. The time of day also factors into what you should do during a power outage. If the outage occurs during the day, be sure to stay on the side of your home that the sun isn’t shining on, as direct sunlight increases the temperature of the room. Additionally, close all blinds and curtains in your home to block the sunlight.

Rely on Wireless Appliances

The things that don’t need to be plugged in are your best friends during a power outage. Flashlights are a must if a power outage occurs at night. If you don’t have a flashlight, use candles. To keep cool, battery powered fans come in handy, and since they’re portable, they can be used in any part of the house.

Open Windows

The hot air inside your home will need to be let out for you to remain comfortable. The next step is to open your windows. If the outage occurs during the day, only open the windows the sun isn’t directly shining through. At night, you can open all the windows inside your home to allow cool breezes to drift in.

Power Surges Can Damage Your AC

When your power comes back on, everything may not be back to normal. Effects of the power outage may have damaged your air conditioning system, meaning the heat spell isn’t over quite yet. If something seems fishy with your air conditioner when the power comes back on, call Phoenix Air immediately. Our professional Palm Beach County AC technicians will be there to get your AC up and running in no time. We’re here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so call anytime!

Call Phoenix Air Conditioning, LLC today to schedule an appointment!