5 Ways to Prepare For a Hurricane
Hurricane season can be daunting, but here at Elite, WE’RE HERE to help you prepare! Living in Florida, it’s easy to overlook a potential storm but with proper preparation, you won’t have to fret. Follow these FIVE steps to get your home and loved ones in order for any possible weather. We’re here to help you POWER through this hurricane season!
1. Make An Emergency Disaster Family-Plan
Having an emergency disaster plan prepared for you and your loved ones is crucial in the event of a natural disaster. Being prepared can help alleviate some of the fear and anxiety that accompanies disasters.
2. Stock-Up On Supplies - Food, Batteries, Water, Medicine, & Important Documents
The CDC recommends having a nonperishable food and water supply for up to three days in the event a disaster strikes. It is also important to have any medications and documentation in a water-proof container.
3. Fill Your Gas Tank In-Case Of Emergency Evacuation
During natural disasters, it is pivotal to listen to local evacuation orders. However, it is best to prepare yourself for the event of an evacuation before one occurs. Filling your car up with gas is an easy way to be one step ahead of the storm.
4. Prepare The Exterior Of Your Home
Preparing the exterior of your home to brace the hurricane will increase your safety inside! Bringing in outdoor furniture and loose items, and boarding up windows with plywood are all beneficial measures to take. It is also critical to check the carbon monoxide detector within your home to prevent CO2 poisoning.
5. Invest In A Whole-Home Generator
Investing in a whole-home generator from Elite will prevent your home from losing power during any natural disaster. A generator will ensure that your perishable food items won’t spoil, and it has the potential to increase the value of your home!
As hurricane season approaches you can now prepare the ELITE way BEFORE the next storm is announced without making any common mistakes. If you’re ready to take the next step in hurricane preparation today call Elite today at (772) 362-9860 or go to https://callelitenow.com/ to schedule your estimate.
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Common Mistakes People Make When Preparing For A Hurricane
Hurricane season is upon us which means it is time to start thinking about how you can prepare BEFORE the next storm is announced. Each year people tend to make the same common mistakes while hunkered down during a storm. Be aware of these common mistakes so you can STAY prepared this hurricane season the ELITE way!
Turning a Generator on Indoors
If you have a generator, kudos to you, but NEVER turn it on indoors. A portable generator should never be operated indoors – including under a portable garage, outside near a window, or roof overhang. The fumes from a generator’s gasoline create carbon monoxide, which is odorless and deadly. These fumes can result in death in just under five minutes when the carbon monoxide levels are too high.
As a storm approaches, fear kicks in which causes many of us to act irrationally. While stockpiling is common before a hurricane approaches, the CDC recommends having a 3-day supply of food and water to get you through the storm. No, you don’t need to buy all of the bottled water in the store. Filling up reusable water bottles and containers at home with filtered tap water beforehand will do just fine.
Riding Out the Storm
Too many people choose to ride out hurricanes thinking they will move around their area. If you are in an area of mandatory evacuation, evacuate as local officials are implementing this course of action for your best interest. There is typically a time when you should and can evacuate safely, and use a route to safely evacuate. Before facing an evacuation threat, it is best to formulate an evacuation plan with your loved ones in case of an emergency.
When you formulate your evacuation plan, don’t forget about any pets that you may have. One of the most common mistakes that people make is leaving their pets to fend for themselves during a hurricane. In many instances, public shelters don’t allow non-service animals inside during natural disasters. Creating an emergency pet emergency kit: food, copies of medical records, and any medication can help tremendously when evacuating.
Not Installing a Whole-Home Generator
A whole-home generator will relieve additional stress or anxiety that a hurricane may bring into your life. A generator will provide power and electricity to you and your loved ones in the event of a natural disaster. A whole-home generator will also guarantee that your nonperishable food items don’t go to waste. Not only do generators provide immediate relief and benefits for you, but they also increase the overall value of your home by 3-5%.
As hurricane season approaches you can now prepare the ELITE way BEFORE the next store is announced without making any common mistakes. If you’re ready to take the next step in hurricane preparation today call Elite today at (772) 362-9860 or go to https://callelitenow.com/ to schedule your estimate.
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How The Florida Heat Affects Your A/C System
Living in Florida allows you to stay warm just about year-round, but when those hot summer months hit, you sometimes wish you could escape it. Being able to rest comfortably in your home on a hot summer day is important to any Florida homeowner, but sometimes it feels impossible. What actually happens to your A/C system when it gets hot outside? Here are some of the ways the brutal Florida heat affects your A/C system.
Higher Cooling Bills
When the temperature outside rises, so does your cooling bills. In this Florida heat, it is hard to avoid. When your home is set at 75 °F but it is 95°F outside, your system is continuously running trying to cool your home, which in turn, provides you with a higher cooling bill. It is important that during those brutal months of direct heat, we prepare our A/C systems for it.
System Works Extra Hard
Normally your system trades hot air with cooler air. Now that it is hot, it has two warm environments to work through. Rejecting the heat from coming back in is why your system has to work double as hard. This is especially tough because your system is trying so hard to cool down your home.
Florida’s hot summers hit your house and then they bring the humidity. When it gets humid, your system has to fight moist and damp air to keep your home cool. With clammy air in your home, it becomes uncomfortable and oftentimes unbearable. You will easily notice its effects such as sweating, clammy skin, and even frizzy hair. This constant feeling is not ideal and can lead to some uncomfortable situations inside your home.
Extra Strain To Your System
With your system continuously running, added humidity as a factor, and working double as hard, you can only imagine the strain this will put on your system. It is important to book your A/C tune-up NOW so you can prepare for the added strain your system may experience during our summer months, so you can GUARANTEE your home will stay cool when we start hitting 98 degree days!
The Florida heat is no joke and having your A/C system run as it should is important for a comfortable home. Get an A/C tune up today to make sure your unit can endure the HEAT approaching this summer. Contact Elite Electric & Air at 772-783-4480 to schedule an appointment or go to https://www.eliteelectricandair.com/ book online!
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Why A/C Tune-Ups Are Worth It
Our A/C units are important parts of our home that deserve the best treatment. Keeping your home comfortable is a desired interest with the warmer spring and summer months approaching. Getting an A/C tune-up can keep your system in check, and who wouldn’t want that?! Here are some of the reasons why booking your service NOW is worth it.
Decreased Energy Bills
Cooling bills can be costly in your home during the warmer months, and there could be an underlying reason behind it. If your system is not running as efficiently, you can expect to receive higher than average utility bills. An A/C tune-up will help resolve problems, making your system run more efficiently which will in turn decrease your bills.
Increased Energy Efficiency
When you neglect to service your A/C system, it can collect dirt and debris, which will cause your system to work harder just to keep you cool. This strains your system and can deteriorate its proper function. An A/C tune-up can uncover issues and solve them in the process, making the system more efficient. Also, it can help your system’s efficiency in preparation of the warm months ahead and give you more control over the temperature in your home.
While getting an A/C tune-up, the technician will look for any current issues. Whether you detected something wrong or the technician found a new arising issue, it can be resolved. Preventing a smaller issue from becoming a bigger problem in the future will help reduce unwanted repairs during the summer. Cleaning coils and removing dirt and debris are just some of the things that can be remedied while checking on your A/C unit. It is similar to going to the doctor or dentist – they can find current issues and correct problems they see arising in the future.
Having increased energy efficiency and taking care of your system with maintenance both lead to an extended lifespan. Most A/C units have a regular lifespan of 10-15 years but can be less or more depending on how they are taken care of. Keeping up with maintenance, like an annual A/C tune-up, can increase the lifespan of your system. By minimizing extra work on a system, it can help it to last longer! By ignoring an A/C tune-up the issues will catch up and in turn cause you to get a new unit sooner than you wanted.
Reviewing the benefits of what an A/C tune-up can do for your home is something to keep in mind. To avoid all unwanted issues, present or future, consider getting an A/C tune-up. Contact Elite Air to schedule yours today at 772-783-4480 or book online at CallEliteNow.com!
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6 Ways To Keep Your Indoor Air Quality Healthy
Now more than ever, it is imperative to keep your family safe indoors and it all starts with a clean home environment. Your home might appear clean to the eye, but what about the air you’re breathing in each and every day? Keep your loved ones safe by ensuring your indoor air quality is in its healthiest state. Check out these helpful tips that will improve your home’s indoor air quality sooner rather than later.
Replace Your Air Filter
You’ve probably heard it is important to do this, but have you done it recently? Replacing your air filter every 30-90 days is best to trap poor air pollutants and continue to keep the air in your home breathable for all. When you don’t replace your air filter, the recycled air inside your home becomes dirty and can ultimately clog your system. If this happens, it is much easier for poor air particles to move throughout your home and even damage your HVAC system.
Get Your Air Ducts Cleaned
With indoor air constantly moving throughout your home, it is only a matter of time before it moves through your central duct system. The build of major dust bunnies can form, causing you to breathe in poor air and even affect the cooling system in your home. Call the ELITE Team to take a deeper look and see if cleaning your air ducts is the right move to make.
Keep Your Floors Clean
With parents, kids, and pets running in and out all day long, the buildup of dirt, dust, and allergens can be tracked across your floor all throughout your home. Although it might be impossible to prevent this year-round, sucking up these allergens with a vacuum and mopping them up can remove lingering pollutants that can negatively impact your air quality. Keeping a front door mat or shoe rack at the entrance of your home can limit the amount of dirt and dust tracked across your home’s flooring.
Invest In Indoor House Plants
This one’s for you, plant lovers! Air purifying plants can not only brighten a room but ultimately omit toxins and allergens. Say goodbye to terrible sneeze attacks in your home by adding aloe vera, English ivy, or a snake plant just to name a few! Detoxifying the air in your living spaces is so much easier when you have one of these green friends by your side.
Keep Your Humidity Level Around 30-50%
Dust mites and mold LOVE moisture-full environments! Keep these pesky pollutants out of your home by limiting the humidity level in your home. This can be done by using an exhaust fan when cooking, showering, or fixing leaky plumbing problems. For those that suffer from allergies, making these few changes can be a real life-saver!
Use Natural Fragrances
Did you know certain laundry detergents, air fresheners, and cleaning products emit DOZENS of chemicals into your home’s air, some being hazardous or toxic to individuals? Keep these unwanted chemicals out of your home by utilizing fragrance-free or naturally scented products around your home. Say goodbye to aerosol sprays by swapping to cleaner, milder products that will drastically benefit your home’s indoor air quality.
Maintaining a healthy indoor home environment sounds difficult, but it is really so much easier than you think. By utilizing the help of a local HVAC professional, you’re more than one step closer to a home with healthy indoor air. For help navigating your home’s indoor air quality, contact the ELITE team at (772) 940-5724 or visit us online at https://callelitenow.com/iaq/
Top 3 Indoor Air Quality Questions Answered
Do you have an indoor air quality issue in your home? Are you searching for answers? Look no further! According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), the following are a few of the most frequently asked indoor air quality questions. Get your indoor air quality issues under control by learning the right answers to these questions:
What Can I Do To Improve The Indoor Air Quality In My Home?
Improving your indoor air quality doesn’t have to be an expensive feat! There are several low-cost solutions that are centered around 3 basic strategies: controlling the source of pollution, ensuring ventilation, and utilizing air cleaning & filtration products. Using exhaust fans while cooking or bathing, opening windows or doors, and being more conscious about the emissions being released in your home are just a few ways you can improve your indoor air quality right now.
What are the pollutants in my home, and how do they impact my indoor air quality?
Pollutants in one’s home can be anything from bacteria, mold, mildew, pet hair, dust, or pollen. These pollutants can be brought into your home in a variety of ways, but it can be controlled by keeping your home’s humidity at an ideal level between 30-50%. With these allergens roaming free in your home, the airborne particles become breathable and trigger allergic reactions for homeowners and their loved ones.
Should I have the air ducts in my home cleaned?
The level of duct cleaning varies from home to home. We strongly encourage duct cleaning services if visible mold growth or a large buildup of dust can be seen inside the ducts or other components within the HVAC system. Call the ELITE Team to take a deeper look.
Taking care of your loved ones starts at home and the indoor air being consumed by your family is no exception. Let our family help yours by improving the air quality in your home. Call us at 772-940-5724 or visit us online at callelitenow.com/iaq to ensure clean and healthy air today.
Why You Shouldn't Wait to Get Your Generator
Hurricane season is here – that means it’s time to start thinking about what you can do to be prepared in case of an emergency. The FIRST thing you should do is make sure your home is equipped with a generator. Why? No electricity means you won’t have a resource to power your A/C system, refrigerator, or your electronics – just to name a few. Here are a few reasons to get prepared so you can STAY prepared.
Keeps Your Appliances Running
During a power outage, your generator will be your home’s support system. We may not think about how much electricity we use in a day but almost everything in our homes requires energy including our refrigerators. Being stuck at home during a storm can be frustrating especially if you use appliances, such as your refrigerator, frequently. No power means:
- Nothing to keep your groceries fresh (this includes baby formula, medication, all perishable foods, etc.)
- No A/C system (especially in the hot summer)
- No resource to charge your electronics (phones, video games, TV)
- No WiFi
Protects Your Home From Dangerous Voltage Fluctuations
When your power returns to your home, the voltage can be higher than normal. There are times that voltage fluctuation can cause heavy damage to your home, and owning a generator can protect this from occurring. This can be dangerous for EVERYONE under your roof.
Peace Of Mind
During a storm, we can feel a rush of emotions. We worry about the safety of our family members and our homes. It takes time to determine what kind of generator is right for your home while following standard regulations. Investing in a generator AHEAD of time can assure homeowners that they are safe during times of emergency.
If you are interested in purchasing a generator, please contact our Elite team. We would be happy to help you find a generator that works for YOU, so you are ready for when the next storm hits. That way you can stay comfortable and cool in your home during the event of a hurricane or power outage. . Call our ELITE team today at (772) 783-4480 and we’ll help you stay prepared.