Our A/C Contractors in Longview TX Help you Stay Safe in Extreme Heat

Did you know that heat is one of the foremost weather-related killers in the United States, causing hundreds of deaths every year? As the heat and humidity in East Texas climb to their peak levels, it’s important to keep yourself and your family safe and cool throughout the summer months. The best way to protect yourself is to be prepared and informed about extreme heat and humidity.

To start preparing, ask our A/C contractors in Longview TX to do any necessary maintenance on your air conditioning unit. Also, get to know the weather terminology: For example, an Excessive Heat Watch means that “conditions are favorable for an excessive heat event” in the next 1 to 3 days, a Heat Advisory is given when daytime highs reach between 100-105° Fahrenheit for 1 to 2 days, and an Excessive Heat Warning is issued when daytime highs reach 105-110° Fahrenheit for at least two days.

The Red Cross gives the following tips to help you prepare before extreme heat occurs:

  • Install window air conditioners snugly; insulate if necessary
  • Install temporary window reflectors (for use between windows and drapes), such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard, to reflect heat back outside
  • Weather-strip doors and sills to keep cool air in
  • Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings, or louvers
  • Keep storm windows up all year
  • Keep track of your local weather forecasts and be aware of extreme temperatures
  • Get trained in first aid and learn how to deal with heat-related health emergencies

If your A/C has problems during a heat event, call our A/C contractors in Longview, TX as soon as possible. Also during a heat wave, it’s important to follow the Red Cross guidelines listed below:

  • Listen online or on a weather radio to NOAA Radio to get the latest updates from the National Weather Service
  • Never leave children or animals in vehicles -- even with the windows cracked
  • Drink plenty of water, and try to avoid sugary drinks like soda or alcohol
  • Take your time -- slow down and don’t try to do strenuous activities outdoors during the heat of the day
  • Save outdoor activities and games for later
  • Try the buddy system when working outside to make sure you and your partner are always accounted for
  • Keep an eye on family, friends and neighbors who may not have air-conditioning in their homes or apartments
  • Check on your pets throughout the day and make sure they have plenty of water and shade

For more information about what to do before and during extreme heat, click here. Call TDI A/C contractors in Longview TX to get your A/C serviced after the long hot summer months. With our knowledge, skill and efficiency, we’ll keep your A/C running well when you need it the most; call our A/C contractors in Longview, TX today!

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TDI Air Conditioning
440 North Eastman Road
Longview, TX 75601
903-758-0621

References:

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/heat-wave
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/index.shtml

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