No need for air conditioning this weekend, but maybe check your heating


The National Weather Service issued a wind chill advisory for parts of South Florida Jan. 30 from 1 a.m. to 9 a.m., when wind chill temperatures could drop as low as 25 degrees.

This means that many people can turn on their central heating system, which many of us don’t do very often.

Chris Koval’s family, longtime Floridians, know it’s rare to see such a drop in temperatures forcing many people to switch from central air conditioning to central heating.

“I don’t have a lot of winter clothes because obviously it’s summer all year round here,” said Daniella Koval, Chris’s daughter.

That’s why the family makes some light preparations to make sure they stay warm.

“Some people don’t realize when they move here that they have to cover these sensitive plants, make sure all the pets are inside,” Chris Koval said.

HVAC experts recommend checking the heater in case something isn’t working.

“He smells funny when he first comes out in a while,” Koval noted.

While many are preparing at home, those on the streets will need to be prepared to find shelter.

“Yeah, all on deck, unfortunately you’re also battling COVID issues, but we’re trying to get as many people off the streets,” said Miami Rescue Mission Director Tony Villasuso.

The same group also runs Broward Outreach. However, Villasuso says they can open 325 beds in Miami, although they are adding more for this cold spell.

“We have added in both campuses the ability to serve 100 people or as many as needed,” he explained.

Villasuso wants people to come to shelter, but he also expects many to choose to stay outside. That’s why he will have more food and warm clothes ready for distribution.

Back in Miramar, Koval hopes people will pay attention to the heating.

“Firefighters will be called to a house because they have kept a heater near curtains or furniture, and like clockwork this happens every time we have these cold snaps, so people will need to be aware of that kind of stuff,” he said. .

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