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It’s Summer in Southwest Florida and your AC Unit is running overtime. If your unit is over 8-10 years old, now is the time to be thinking about a replacing that old tired AC unit. You will be amazed by the money a new unit will save you on your utility bill. Our friends at Lennox are offering great rebates to help you save money and stay cool all summer long. Starting July 1st you can save up to $1600 on a new high efficiency AC Unit from Lennox. Find out more details by clicking here

 

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air conditioner in rainAll over Southwest Florida, heavy rains are common, especially as tropical storms or hurricanes approach. No matter if you are in Sarasota, Fort Myers or Naples, Conditioned Air has you covered. If you have ever wondered “Does rain affect my air conditioning unit,” the short answer is “No.” In most cases, rain is safe for your air conditioning system, though there are some exceptions, and a few precautions to take during strong storms.

The Effects of Rain on Your Air Conditioning

The outside portion of a central air conditioning system, known as the outdoor unit or condenser unit, houses both the condenser and the compressor, as well as a system fan, electrical connections and other accessories. Most of the components are made from aluminum, copper, plastics and other materials that are not prone to corrosion or damage from moisture, and the electrical connections are sealed, allowing the system to run properly even in heavy rain.

Only during heavy flooding, when the condenser is partially or completely submerged, should you shut the air conditioning system off, which can be done using the breakers in your main electrical panel. If the system is submerged for a significant period of time, have it inspected by an air conditioning contractor before tuning it back on.

Should the Condenser be Covered?

In most cases, the condenser unit should never be covered. Rain cannot harm the condenser, as long as the moisture can evaporate freely, and neither can the cooler weather of a Florida winter. In colder climates, some people cover the condenser during the winter to prevent accumulations of snow, leaves and debris, but it is not necessary. In fact, it can actually cause damage by trapping condensation beneath the cover, leading to corrosion and other damage.

The only time that you should cover the condenser is during extremely strong storms, such as hurricanes, to prevent damage from wind-blown debris. For this purpose, something strong, like plywood, should be secured with the power off, and it should be removed immediately after the storm. Otherwise, simply keep the condenser free of debris, and rinse the dirt out periodically.

When you have questions like “Does rain affect my air conditioning unit” or if you need air conditioning service, contact our team at Conditioned Air for helpful answers and HVAC advice. Conditioned Air serves customers from Bradenton to Naples, Florida, part of Southwest Florida.

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If you live or own a home in Florida, Hurricanes are always a concern. Hurricane season starts this Saturday, June 1, 2019 and ends November 30, 2019.  Are you prepared? If not here’s some tips for you to consider:

 

Now/Prepare

 

Sign up for local alerts and

warnings. Monitor local news and weather reports.

Prepare to evacuate by testing your emergency communication plan(s), learning evacuation routes, having a place to stay, and packing a “go bag.”

Stock emergency supplies.

Protect your property by installing sewer backflow valves, anchoring fuel tanks, reviewing insurance policies, and cataloging belongings.

Collect and safeguard critical financial, medical, educational, and legal documents and records.

 

During/Survive

 

Follow guidance from local

authorities.

If advised to evacuate, grab your “go bag” and leave immediately.

For protection from high winds,

stay away from windows and seek shelter on the lowest level in an interior room.

Move to higher ground if there is flooding or a flood warning.

Turn Around Don’t Drown.®

Never walk or drive on flooded roads or through water.

Call 9-1-1 if you are in life- threatening danger.

 

After/Be Safe

 

Return to the area only after

authorities say it is safe to do so. Do not enter damaged buildings until they are inspected by qualified professionals.

Never walk or drive on flooded roads or through floodwaters.

Look out for downed or unstable trees, poles, and power lines.

Do not remove heavy debris by yourself. Wear gloves and sturdy, thick-soled shoes to protect your hands and feet.

Do not drink tap water unless authorities say it is safe.

 

To learn more about how you should prepare for the upcoming hurricane season in Florida check out more tips from Ready.gov here.