Surviving A Texas Summer Blackout: Dos And Don’ts
As if the rising temperatures and heavy humidity aren’t enough to face in a San Antonio summer, we also have to worry about blackouts! With so many people in the community using their air conditioners and electricity to stay cool, the power grid can struggle to provide steady electricity to the city. High electrical demands can cause either an unexpected blackout, or the city can decide to roll out controlled brownouts to help the grid with the load.
Climate Magic knows just how uncomfortable and dangerous your home can be in the summer without air conditioning. We want to make sure all our neighbors and community members know the best practices to use in the event of a blackout this summer. Read on to learn the dos and don’ts of blackouts so that you are prepared!
How To Keep Cool In A Blackout
As soon as the power goes out, your home will begin the process of heating — especially with that Texas sun beating down! Use some of these tips to keep yourself and your home cool until the power is restored.
Wear Light Clothes
Your home is going to heat up, so change out those pants or blankets you were snuggling in and put on tank tops, shorts or even your swimsuit. Removing this layer will allow your body to regulate temperatures better when the heat increases.
Use Water To Cool Yourself
Assuming you have access to water, use it’s cooling effect — even inside! Your head and feet release a lot of heat from your body. Wet your hair or a bandana to keep your head cool and help your body release heat effectively. You can also use a spray bottle full of water to mist your face and skin periodically.
Control Solar Heat
One of the biggest sources of heat into your home is the sun. Start by closing the doors to any rooms that have sun-facing exterior walls. The heat that enters those rooms can be controlled and prevented from spreading throughout the home. If you have any completely interior rooms with no exterior walls, they will stay cool the longest.
If you have curtains, blinds or other window coverings, block your windows as much as possible. It may feel stuffy or dark, but you need to keep the light out of your home as much as possible to maintain cooler temperatures for longer periods of time.
Things To Avoid During A Blackout
Once your power is out, you need to start thinking strategically about your production of heat. The electricity could come back on in an hour, but it could be out for far longer. Avoid doing the following to keep yourself comfortable and safe.
If you have a camp stove that you can run without electricity, avoid using it inside as the heat can quickly warm your home. If you need to cook something, try stepping outside to use the appliance.
When it is already hot outside, and the heat is creeping into your home, you should try to avoid eating hot foods. Even if you have the ability to cook, you should consider eating cool items that don’t need to be cooked. Also, eating causes your digestion to begin, which produces heat in your body. If you can avoid eating much during the hottest parts of the day, your body will be able to remain cooler.
If your home has two stories, collect everything you need from upstairs and bring it downstairs. Heat rises, so your upstairs areas will become much hotter than downstairs. Sleeping or hanging out upstairs will put your body through more heat and cause you to struggle. If you suspect your power outage may last a while, you can even move your mattress downstairs to sleep on.
Climate Magic Cares About Our Customers
Even if our team of air specialists can’t turn the power back on for you, we want you to be as prepared as possible! If you or any of your family members show signs of heatstroke during a blackout, call 911 to get them medical attention. When your power does come back on, your AC is at risk of a power surge. Once power is restored, if your AC unit is struggling to operate properly again, contact your team at Climate Magic!