The Importance of Keeping Your AC Running During Power Outages


Cold, dependable air conditioning may sound like a luxury to some, but it’s an absolute necessity in South Florida. AC is essential for your overall comfort and well-being and can impact your health if you overheat. Studies also show that heat leads to a lack of productivity and focus, making it more important than ever to have reliable AC and a generator installed in South Florida. When the power goes out, your AC goes down with it.

During Florida’s hurricane season, you’re subjected to the dangers of food spoilage, medicine going bad, extreme heat, and discomfort if the AC goes out. Mold can start growing within the first 24 to 48 hours when your air conditioner isn’t running. Unfortunately, the visible signs of mold may not appear until a few days or weeks later. It’s vital that you thoroughly dry your home, address water damage, and keep your AC on when it’s safe to do so after a leak or flood. Continue reading to learn more and reach out to the South Florida generator and electricity pros at Rack Electric if you have any questions, or need service!

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The Dangers of Mold Growth During Power Outages

Air conditioning feels amazing on a hot, humid day, but it also helps with humidity in your indoor spaces. AC can keep mold at bay and stops the problem before it starts. When the power goes out and your AC stops running, humidity levels rise. But it’s not just the discomfort of sitting in a hot home. The higher humidity levels quickly leads to mold growth and can impact your health.

Even brief exposure to mold or its spores can lead to congestion, wheezing, coughing, and sneezing. Headaches and brain fog are also common symptoms of mold exposure. Over time, mold can wreak havoc on your lungs and compromise your health, forcing you to move out while dealing with an expensive mold problem. Once it starts growing, mold can be hard to stop and eliminate entirely. A backup generator can help keep your home or business dry, safe, and comfortable by controlling your indoor environment.

The Impact of Power Outages on Air Conditioning

Power outages quickly disrupt air conditioning and the ability to stay in your own home. Beyond mold growth during a power outage, you may also experience sleepless nights and an inability to work in the heat. Older adults, children, and pets are all vulnerable to overheating and suffering from heat exhaustion and related issues.

Beyond your health, a power outage can quickly damage your AC when the electricity is restored. A backup generator keeps your AC running steadily and without issue. However, homes without a generator may experience a sudden surge in electricity, leading to damage to their units and costly repairs.

Benefits of Using a Backup Generator for Air Conditioning

Backup generators are a cost-effective, reliable power source for your air conditioner, no matter the time of year. It works to keep your home up and running, even during an emergency. You’ll prevent mold growth and save the food and medicines stored in your fridge that would otherwise go bad. It’s also easier to deal with a crisis like hurricane damage when you’re resting comfortably in your own home instead of suffering through the heat.

Choosing the Right Generator for Your Air Conditioning

Not every backup generator is appropriate for your home. You also need a unit that fits your home’s capacity and size. Otherwise, you could end up with a generator that doesn’t work adequately or puts too much strain on the generator, rendering it inefficient.

It’s essential to work with a professional to install your backup generator and AC system seamlessly. Call the Rack Electric team to review your home and any current generator setup and recommend the right unit and ongoing maintenance.

The Value of Preparedness

If you’ve dealt with hurricane season before, you already know preparedness is everything. You want to know when you should evacuate, when the weather is coming, and have supplies and emergency kits on hand. The same school of thought should apply to your backup generator. When you use a backup generator, you plan for potential power outages and protect your home and well-being.

Keep Your AC On with Rack Electric

A working AC can provide a lifeline of comfort while protecting your health and home. Don’t wait until a power outage to come up with a plan. Turn to Rack Electric for all of your ongoing backup generator needs. We’ll come out and test, maintain or repair your existing generator, talk about new generator installation, and assess your needs to find a customized solution. Reach out to our experts today!

(561) 666-8960