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Should You Leave Your AC on During a Thunderstorm?

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When thunderstorms creep into the forecast, the air is often hot and humid – the prime setting for keeping cool in your air conditioning. However as much as you may want to sit back and relax in the AC, keeping your unit running during a storm could be dangerous. Consider these reasons:

With thunder, comes lighting. Lightening is possible whenever you hear thunder. In fact, bolts can strike 10 miles or more from their point of generation and while a strike is rare, they are certainly possible. One strike to your electric could cause 5 billion joules of energy to surge through your wiring – toasting your AC unit.

Surge protectors don’t ward off a lightening strike. These devices are used for protecting appliances against power spikes, not the surge of a lightening strike. Even if your unit is plugged into a surge protector, if lightening hits your electric damage could still be done.

The damage done. While air conditioners are electrically insulated for safety, a strike to your electric could melt the plug and damage the electrical circuits in your unit’s control panel. If you have a central cooling system with an outdoor compressor, lightening could knock out the controls to your entire system if it hits while the unit is running. Repair will be a major one.

Whether you have a central air system or a window unit, air conditioners normally aren’t vulnerable to rain. In fact, running your system while raining can be beneficial as the evaporative coils inside the home draw moisture from the air and lower the humidity, which can make the space more comfortable on warm days.

If you have additional questions about your home’s air conditioning system, contact the heating and air experts here at Patterson Plumbing & Heating. We’re the Pueblo, Colorado area heating and air conditioning specialists, offering upfront pricing and clean and courteous technicians. Call and make an appointment that’s convenient for you today! 719-544-4922.

#WellnessWednesday – Health and Air Conditioning

When we think of summer and hot or humid weather – the thought of sitting in a cool air conditioned room is not far behind. But is being too cool good for you? Unfortunately, abusively low temperatures and poor maintenance have led to health problems and other daily irritations. But as long as you take proper precautions you should have a healthy start to this AC season.

Thanks to Hello Magazine, we have a quick list of the benefits and risks that come with air conditioning:

Benefits:

  • Improves comfort levels at leisure and at work – thus improving job performance
  • Can result in increased physical and intellectual activity
  • Lower temps reduce the presence of insects or parasites
  • A CLEAN air conditioning system helps exclude external allergens such as pollens
  • A properly installed and maintained system renews and improves air quality

Risks:

  • Sudden changes in temperature and humidity affect the respiratory system
  • It has a drying effect on skin and mucous membranes
  • Air conditioning an irritate the eyes (ie: contact lens wearers, risk of conjunctivitis)
  • Air conditioning is associated with throat irritation and hoarseness

To reduce the above risks, it’s important that air conditioned spaces are regularly ventilated. Rooms should be kept between 68 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit as well as an average humidity of 60% – 70%. And as always, any installation or AC tune up should be done by a professional.

While there are some steps you can take on your own to maintain your air conditioning system, it’s best to leave the tune-up process to one of our experts here at Patterson Plumbing & Heating. We’re the Pueblo, Colorado area heating and air conditioning tune-up specialists, offering upfront pricing and clean and courteous technicians.

Call and make an appointment that’s convenient for you today! 719-544-4922.

National Electrical Safety Month

On average, adults sleep about 8 hours each night – spending at least 1/3 of their day in the bedroom. Unfortunately, we are most vulnerable while asleep – which is why bedroom safety is crucial. Even though National Electrical Safety Month is coming to a close, it’s important to practice these safety tips not only in the bedroom, but other rooms where these apply as well:

  1. Before installing a portable air conditioner, check that the electrical circuit and outlet are able to handle the load.
  2. Large window A/C units should have their own separate electrical circuit so the system is not overloaded.
  3. Air conditioners should be cleaned at the beginning of every season to keep them running safely and efficiently.   http://pattersonplumbing.com/prepare-air-conditioning-summer/
  4. And for an energy saving tip: If you have a portable air conditioner, turn it off when a room will be vacant for a few hours. You’ll use less energy cooling the room down later than if you had left the unit running.

When it comes to air conditioning questions or concerns, the experts at Patterson Plumbing & Heating are here for you. Our certified technicians have extensive experience and knowledge of all types of air conditioners and are ready to diagnose your problem and repair it in a timely and professional manner. We’ll discuss your cooling system options and assure the best replacement for your home’s unique cooling needs and prepare a firm upfront, no-surprises cost proposal. Call us today!

For more household safety tips please visit the Electrical Safety Foundation International.