Archive for May, 2012

Keep It Cool

With hurricane season coming how will you keep things cool if  you loose power?

The biggest thing in this fight is planning.  You will lose cool in a freezer in just a few days and if you open it up it will go faster.  Dry ice will help but at some point the big thaw will start. I have known people you have inventoried the contents of the freezer and put it against their insurance deductible, check your policy.

In past hurricanes I have planned several meals in advance and stored all of that in an ice chest. Actually having several ice chest around is not a bad idea, if you plan right you could go a couple of days and not have to open the frig.

Gel packs are a good idea, the Nordic Ice products work well and stay solid a long time. Blocks of ice work better but if you are freezing your own start early  so they are solid when you need them.

If you do get a generator make sure that it is capable of producing the wattage your appliance needs to start its compressor. (That info is probably on a paper tag on the back of your unit.) You will also want to plan around its use so that it will not have to run all the time. Cleaning the coils on your frig will help it work better so you do not have to run the generator as much.

What About Water

Thinking “water” in hurricane season can be important.  Other than several gallons that you may get at the store during the panic attack where else are  you going to store water for a week?  Most people will go to the bathtub and that is great; I use silicon seal and a piece of plastic over the drain/plug to make sure it does not leak. This needs dry time so think ahead.

One place people forget about is their hot water heater.  That is 30 to 50 gallons of drinkable water, no pressure no problem.  On the side is a faucet that is garden hose ready.  You may want to try this out before you need to use it. Remember this water can be hot if your system is on. It could also be plugged with scale.

If you have other good ideas write me!