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Follow rules for air conditioners, rotary vents & swimming pool linings

Updated May 16, 2011

The hot summer months nearly always send shoppers to the store for fans, air conditioners and attic vents. Here are a few guidelines to follow when keeping your family cool.

Air conditioners

Be cautious about installing rotary attic vents - globe-shaped, metal devices with fans inside that are installed on the roof to help draw heat from your attic.

You must also obtain City approval and a building permit before installing this type of vent. In most cases, the City's Planning Division will ask you to install another, less obtrusive type, such as a vent that allows heat to escape through holes in your home's eaves.

Swimming pools

Vinyl-lined swimming pools were once very popular due to their low initial cost, and several remain throughout Cerritos. Companies are now offering to convert these pools to conventional "gunite" pools.

This gunite coating is essentially a retaining wall; if the work isn't done properly, the pool could create problems. Before modifying your pool, be sure to obtain approval from the Planning Division and a building permit. City inspectors will then verify that your project is done properly.

If you have any home improvement-related questions, call the Cerritos Building and Safety Division at (562) 916-1209 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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