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As frustrating as a power outage can be during the summer, it can quickly exacerbate and become an even worse situation. While high temperatures themselves are not solely to blame for summer power outages, that extreme heat causes other factors that lead to turning off your lights.

When temperatures rise, there is a greater demand for electricity. That high demand during hot summer weather can overload electrical equipment, which then leads to power outages. Many families and households rely on their HVAC systems and air conditioners to stay cool, but as more energy is used, the more strain is put on equipment.

Not only is the demand increased, but it is sustained throughout nearly all times of the day. Without allowing transformers the proper time to cool down overnight, they can become overheated and damage other electrical equipment. 

Power lines can also get overloaded, causing them to heat, expand or sag. Even power lines that are underground are in danger. When the insulation becomes stressed, it is likely that a short circuit can occur as the lines expand with the heat.

In order to better protect some of that electrical equipment, an outage can occur when circuit breakers or other protective equipment shut off the flow of power to prevent worsening damage. Using conservative efforts can play a major role in reducing the stress on your electric system.

A power outage could come unexpectedly, and not necessarily only during heat waves. There are ways you can prepare for a power outage and make your days and nights a little more bearable. First, you can keep your house cooler by shutting all windows and doors. Close your blinds, too, and try to prevent any of that outside heat from getting in.

Another big concern is with the food in your refrigerator. Even if your home is not equipped with a generator, you can make that food last longer. A full fridge will keep food longer than a half-full fridge. It should also go without saying that you need to keep your fridge closed. You need to keep that cool air inside to help keep your food safe.

Power surges can also damage your electronics. Surge protectors and power strips can protect your electronics from frying when a surge of power comes after the electricity comes back. Try to avoid using your computer during a storm as well and remember to keep your files backed up to prepare for a worst-case scenario.

You cannot pinpoint when your power will go out this summer, but you can certainly better prepare your home for when it does. For more information on being ready for summer power outages, call Sharon’s Heating and Air Conditioning today at (734) 425-1415. Our staff is ready to answer all questions you may have.

Call the professionals at Sharon’s Heating and Air Conditioning at (734) 425-1415