Essential Home Services During the Times of the COVID-19

These are strange times. As COVID-19 continues to sweep the nation, cities throughout the country are doing their part to “flatten the curve.” States like California and New York have imposed strict lockdowns, while Atlanta has released its own set of guidelines.  These guidelines define many Home Services as essential and therefore these businesses will continue to operate, albeit with more care.

According to guidance released by the Mayor’s office on March 23, 2020, all individuals living within the city should shelter in place at their residence and limit person-to-person contact – except to “receive essential business and government  services.” 

Here’s what you need to know about the Atlanta Mayor’s March 23, 2020 order, as it pertains to Home Services.

What’s in the Governor’s Order?

The Governor’s order is extensive, and it covers many bases. One of the most salient portions, though, is this:

“The intent of this order is to ensure that the maximum number of people self-isolate in their places of residence to the maximum extent feasible, while enabling essential services to continue, to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible. When people need to leave their places of residence, whether to obtain or perform vital services,e or to otherwise facilitate authorized activities necessary for continuity of social and commercial life, they should at all times and as reasonably as possible comply with social distancing.”

The order also sets forth requirements for all businesses within the territorial jurisdiction of  Atlanta (except essential businesses), which must cease activity immediately. Additionally, the order prohibits all public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit, except for certain “essential purposes.”

The order states that “plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residencies” are Essential businesses.”

The order continues to recommend that business operate with care.  

Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations From the CDC

Scientists are still hurrying to study the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) responsible for causing COVID-19. Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created guidelines for cleaning and disinfection in both home and commercial settings. These guidelines apply when suspected or confirmed ill people have entered the vicinity. 

When it comes to how exactly to clean and disinfect, the CDC recommends the following:

  • Hard surfaces. First, clean any obviously dirty surface with soap and water. From there, use an EPA-registered household disinfectant to sanitize the surface. 
  • Soft surfaces. Launder surfaces that can go into a washing machine in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Otherwise, use EPA-approved products against the virus. Here’s a list of approved cleaning products
  • Electronics. Remove visible contamination first, then use alcohol-based wipes to sanitize surfaces. 

Finally, the CDC recommends that cleaning staff wear PPE (personal protective equipment) for all tasks related to the cleaning process. Specifically, they state:

The risk of exposure to cleaning staff is inherently low. Cleaning staff should wear disposable gloves and gowns for all tasks in the cleaning process, including handling trash.

  • Gloves and gowns should be compatible with the disinfectant products.
  • Additional PPE might be required based on the cleaning/disinfectant products being used and whether there is a risk of splash.
  • Gloves and gowns should be removed carefully to avoid contamination of the wearer and the surrounding area. Be sure to clean hands after removing gloves.
  • If gowns are not available, coveralls, aprons or work uniforms can be worn during cleaning and disinfecting. Reuseable (washable) clothing should be laundered afterwards. Clean hands after handling dirty laundry.

Interaction Guidelines for Businesses and Employers

In Atlanta and beyond, state and local governments are working hard to keep everyone safe. In addition to following CDC guidelines on cleaning and disinfecting, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has also released guidelines on interaction for businesses and employers.

Specifically, DPH recommends that companies use teleworking as much as possible, cancel all non-essential travel, and stagger work schedules. Additional guidelines are available in full on this page

Staying Safe in Uncertain Times

These are strange times, and the country is, collectively, working to contain the spread of this virus. By following guidance issued by both state and local governments, we in Atlanta can do our part, as well 

Jonny On It is still sending out service techs to homes and businesses throughout Atlanta. If you haven’t already, download the app to book your service pros now!

AC on the Fritz? Where to Find 24-hour AC Repair

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As the weather changes, your AC works hard. Over time, fluctuations in seasons and workload can be tough on your unit and may cause the entire system to break down or require repair. 

When it does, you start to wonder, “where can I find 24-hour AC repair near me?”

Don’t worry, though. We’re here to guide you.

Here’s what you need to know.

5 Signs You Need Emergency AC Repair

First things first- how do you know it’s time to start looking for an AC repair specialist? Here are five signs your AC needs some love:

  1. Noises from your AC. When your AC unit goes faulty, it emits unusual or problematic sounds. Things like clunking, squealing, or thumping are all sure signs that something is wrong within the system.
  2. Water leakage. Your AC unit is home to lots of moisture and water. When the AC stops working the way it should, water may leak out of the unit and onto the floor. Call a professional if you notice water pooling, dripping, or running around or beneath your AC. 
  3. Electrical problems. If your AC unit starts short-circuiting or emitting sparks, you’re in dangerous territory. Hire an AC service professional immediately to avoid fire risk
  4. Poor airflow. If your AC seems like it’s not putting out as much cold air as it should, there may be an obstruction within the vents. Contact an AC service professional for assistance. 
  5. Warm air emitting from the AC. If your AC, which should be distributing cold air, starts circulating warm air instead, you have a problem. Functional air conditioners should never exude warm air from their vents. If you notice this, hire an HVAC service professional as quickly as possible to evaluate your system. 

How do I Find 24-Hour AC Repair Near Me? What to Look for

Next, you’ll need to get to work finding the ideal AC repair team near you. This can be easier said than done. Here are a few things you’ll want to consider as you start looking for HVAC repair services:

Access to Essential AC Repair Services

When it comes to emergency HVAC services, you’ll want to find professionals you know you can trust and count on. As a general rule, this means the service provider should offer the following:

  • Upfront explanations and pricing
  • No overtime charges, even if you need night, weekend, or holiday services
  • Guaranteed services and repairs
  • Licensed, insured, and bonded contractors with great reviews
  • Residential and commercial emergency AC services 
  • A willingness to work on all makes and models of units

Easy Availability

When you need 24-hour AC repair, you need someone to respond rapidly to your request. You can’t afford to wait, and you shouldn’t have to. With this in mind, look for a tech who is willing to be responsive to your requests. The tech should respond rapidly, provide all the services you need, and work with you to ensure you have the attention required to resolve the issue and get life back to normal. 

Using Jonny On It to Find 24-Hour AC Repair Near Me

When you need a 24-hour AC repair team, you can’t afford to gamble with anything less than the best. Luckily, Jonny On It makes it easy to find skilled, reliable, reputable service professionals you can count on. 

Whether your job is large or small, we’re here to ensure you get exactly what you need from a team of skilled, professional service techs. If you haven’t downloaded our app yet, do it now. Jonny On It allows you to communicate directly with the AC service techs you’re interested in and find the one that’s right for you. You can also pay, schedule service, and read reviews – right in the app! It’s a more natural way to locate the service pros you need. 

Ready to learn more? Download the app today and get busy finding the service pros you need!Focus KW: 24-hour ac repair near me