Summer is the season of relaxation—long days by the pool and evenings manning the grill for family cookouts. However, with the celebrations come a heightened need for caution and safety. Here are six tips for Tampa Bay area homeowners to avoid mishaps that could otherwise put a dent in the good times.
– Sun Safety –
1. Don’t Skimp on the Sunscreen
This is an obvious one if you live in Florida, where we have the second highest rate of melanoma cases in the nation. Sunscreen should be your best friend through summer months, and all year-round in the Sunshine State. Reapply for every two hours you spend out in the sunshine.
2. Stay Hydrated
With the constant beating of a blazing sun, it’s absolutely essential to drink plenty of H20. The average adult loses two to three quarts of water a day through normal body functions. When the temperature increases, so should your water intake. Drink at least eight 8-ounce servings of water per day; a number that only increases the more active you are.
– Storm Safety –
3. Assess Your Insurance Policy Coverage
With hurricane season in full swing, now is the time to make sure you’re covered in the case of disaster. Assess your current homeowners insurance policy and considering flood insurance if you don’t live in an area that already requires it.
4. Prepare Your AC for Hurricane Season
Trim any branches or trees that could potentially harm your outdoor AC unit or exterior of your home in the chance of stormy skies and high winds. Cover your outdoor compressor with a tarp or plywood while a storm is kicking in, but be sure to remove whatever you choose to protect it with afterwards. You should also be prepared for the worst with a backup generator so you don’t lose the cool relief of your central air conditioning system due to a power outage.
– Summer Vacation Prep Safety –
5. Check the Back-Up Battery on Your Sump Pump
Before you head out for an extended family vacation, you’ll want to ensure your home’s sump pump is fully functioning in case it floods while you’re away. Your sump pump is responsible for pumping water outside and away from your home. Check the back-up battery on this device to enjoy the peace of mind you won’t return to a flooded home.
6. Keep Your AC on to Avoid Mold Growth
Set your thermostat a couple degrees higher than normal before heading out of town. Leave the AC on and keep the temperature between 78 to 80 degrees to avoid any damage to the unit or mold/mildew growth.
Want to learn more about protecting your AC system during stormy weather?
Check out our blog: How Does Rain Affect My Air Conditioner?
– Stay Safe This Summer With Blair’s Air AC Repair –
West Central Florida summers pose serious safety risks with rising temperatures and staggering heat. If you are in need of air conditioning repair, maintenance or system replacement, call the AC experts you can trust. Blair’s Air Conditioning is here to keep your family safe and cool through the hottest of times.
Call us at (727) 800-4148, or visit us online to schedule your service appointment right away! Quality service is more than a company tradition, it’s a promise.