Heat Wave Ushers in Concerns for Elderly Seniors

TEMPE, Ariz.April 21, 2022PRLog — The summer heat is back in Phoenix with triple-digit temperatures arriving by end of the month.  For many residents, this is the dreaded time of year that brings the familiar hum of air conditioners (AC) back to homes.  But what many fear even more than the high summer energy bills, is the potential of their AC unit not functioning properly.

According to John Lamont, CEO of PriceMyAC.com, many Arizona residents forgo regular unit maintenance and wait until the heat waves strike to find out if their AC system is operational.  “Unfortunately, many people discover there is a problem with their air conditioner when they need to use it most,” says Lamont.  As heat waves become more common, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), warns that each year around 618 Americans die from extreme temperatures, most of them elderly people.

Tami Bohannon, CEO of FSL, reminds us that “an efficient and functioning air conditioner and a weatherized home are vital to keeping our vulnerable populations safe as heat climbs into triple digits.  For many years, FSL has provided homeowners with personalized recommendations for increasing their home’s energy efficiency through the Arizona Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program.”

To protect seniors from the unrelenting summer heat, the standard advice is for them to remain inside air-conditioned buildings, dress lightly and keep hydrated. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done. Part of the problem lies in the fact that seniors often don’t realize when they are overheated, dehydrated and in danger.

“In addition to health concerns, seniors often fall victims to unscrupulous companies that take advantage of this aging population,” added Lamont.

Overloaded air conditioning systems can set the stage for shady sales tactics and unreliable contractors. Unfortunately, Arizona is a prime market for fraudulent air conditioner repairs to desperate homeowners — especially the elderly.  “We encourage consumers to search for a reputable service company and always do research,” adds Lamont.    “In fact, we have established a consumer education center on our website to provide information for everyone.”

PriceMyAC.com recommends:

  • Don’t fall for high-pressure sales techniques, ask the technician for specifics about what is wrong with your AC.  If it can’t be repaired, ask why. Even in Arizona, where many companies say that a unit will only last 12 years, a system can easily last 20 years or more with proper maintenance.
  • Do some simple upkeep before calling in a professional. Check the thermostat batteries and change your air filters. Then schedule your AC’s spring maintenance. Most mechanical issues develop over time, which is why your spring maintenance appointment is crucial for addressing issues early, before we’re in the brutal heat of summer and having no AC is an emergency.  Scheduling your spring maintenance to make sure your unit is ready for the summer is key.
  • If you do need a new AC unit, make sure you understand exactly what you are getting.  Request a full, detailed materials list so that you can review the complete breakdown of what is included and ensure that parts are not just being reused.  Ask for a complete breakdown of the price as well to make sure it is not inflated.  Remember – if it’s not in writing, you have no recourse, so make sure everything is in your contract, then keep it in case you need it.

Lamont reminds that it’s not too late for spring maintenance, “Customers shouldn’t be intimated by having spring maintenance service. Annual service is required to uphold an AC’s manufacturer’s warranty. Plus here in Arizona the dust clogs components such as filters and condensation lines. If these aren’t addressed your AC won’t function efficiently and its just a matter of time before a simple maintenance issue becomes a major repair or replacement.”

For more information about how to diagnose and understand potential issues with your AC unit please visit PriceMyAC.com’s Learning Center at: https://www.pricemyac.com/did-you-know/

If you are in need of an energy audit, please visit www.azhomeperformance.com.  In addition, low-income homeowners in need of help with a repair of their home’s air conditioning system, can call 602-532-2976 x540 to see if they qualify for FSL’s Healthy Homes Air Conditioning Program.

India UAE CEPA ushers in a new dawn, will create a minimum of 10 lakh jobs for Indian citizens: Union Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal


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India UAE CEPA ushers in a new dawn, will create a minimum of 10 lakh jobs for Indian citizens: Union Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal





With the CEPA, around 90% of products exported from India to UAE will attract zero duty: Commerce Minister

“We will surpass the $ 100 billion bilateral goods trade target we have set for 5 years”




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19 FEB 2022 8:34PM by PIB Mumbai




Mumbai, February 19, 2022


The Union Minister for Commerce & Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution and Textiles, Shri Piyush Goyal has termed the India UAE Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) is extremely beneficial for MSMEs, startups, farmers, traders and all sections of businesses.


Addressing a press conference in Mumbai, the Minister asserted that the CEPA is a balanced, fair, comprehensive & equitable partnership agreement, which will give enhanced market access for India in both goods and services. “It will create jobs for our youth, open new markets for our startups, make our businesses more competitive & boost our economy.”


Shri Goyal informed that sector-wise consultations have shown that the pact will create a minimum of 10 lakh jobs for Indian citizens.



The Union Minister said that the CEPA is a landmark partnership between two nations whose political leadership and businesses share very strong bonds going back many years in history. “The finalization of the 880-page document in a record time of 88 days is a big achievement for both nations, it will boost economies of India and UAE and will usher in a new dawn for the people of the two countries.”


The Commerce Minister informed that the partnership agreement will open doors especially to labour-intensive Indian products which are exported to UAE – such as textiles, gem & jewellery, medicines, agricultural products, footwear, leather, sports goods, engineering goods, auto components and plastics.



He told the media that under the pact, UAE has offered immediate market access at Zero duty from day one of the entry into force of the Agreement, to products accounting for 90% of India’s exports to UAE in value terms. “Around 90% of products exported from India to UAE will attract zero duty with implementation of the Agreement. 80% lines of trade will attract zero duty, remaining 20% does not affect our exports much, so this is a win-win agreement.”


The CEPA will not only improve competitiveness of Indian products, but also provide strategic advantages to India. “Since UAE functions as a trading hub, the Agreement will help provide us market entry points to Africa, Middle East and Europe” he added.


The Minister noted that with the conclusion of the CEPA, India and UAE aim to increase  bilateral goods trade over the next five years to $100 billion. “However, I believe that the potential for trade between the two nations is even bigger, we will surpass the target we have set for ourselves”, said the Minister.


The Minister threw light on benefits to various sectors. “The CEPA brings the two nations closer, will open many new opportunities for Indians to work in UAE, including in fintech, edtech, green tech, automation and Artificial Intelligence. Technology, digital trade and sustainability have a big focus in the partnership.


“For the first time in a Trade agreement, the CEPA provides for automatic registration and marketing authorisation of Indian generic medicines in 90 days, once they are approved in developed countries. This will give big market access to Indian medicines not only in UAE, but also in Middle East and Africa.” Shri Goyal informed.


The Minister also said that the CEPA provides for a permanent bilateral safeguard mechanism to deal with sudden surge in imports of any product. It also has stringent ‘rules of origin’ reflecting requirements for substantial processing of up to 40% value addition. An MoU among APEDA, DP World & Al Dahra on the UAE side regarding “Food Security Corridor Initiative” has been prepared, under which India will be able to play an important role in food security of UAE, he added.


 


It may be recalled that the landmark India-UAE Comprehensive Partnership Agreement deal was signed during the virtual summit meeting between Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, H.E. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.




Read more on the Agreement here.




Watch the press conference here.



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