Air Conditioning Safety Tips
- Choose an air conditioning unit which is the proper size & energy for the area (10×12 Room: 5,000 Btu/hr; 20×20: 10,000 Btu /hr; 1,200sq ft home: 23,000 Btu/hr).
- Check the electrical circuit to be sure it can supply the necessary energy.
- Never alter a plug to fit it into an outlet. Instead, have a qualified electrician replace the outlet.
- Be sure your cord will reach a wall outlet.
- Ensure you have the right cord for an air conditioner if you need an extension cord and always inspect extension cords before you use them.
- Look for the UL Mark on the extension cord, which means that representative samples of the cord have been tested for safety hazards.
- Ensure the plug’s blades and grounding pin are present
- Don’t run the cord under a carpet
Other cooling tips:
- Clean & inspect your air conditioner
- Start units early and cool areas throughout the day
- Pull shades to block the sun
- Turn off all unnecessary lights
- Wait until late evening to use dishwashers & clothes dryers
- Close off unused rooms
- Make sure your attic is properly ventilated
- Using floor or ceiling fans to circulate the cooled air
- When you’re selecting fans and air conditioners, look for the UL Mark