Prepping Your Home’s HVAC Equipment for Storms
Sometimes it feels like storm season is all year. Spring comes through with rain storms and tornadoes, while summer kicks off hurricane season. As the Atlantic hurricane season ends in November, snowfalls are upon the north. The welfare of your family during perilous storms should always take priority. But even when the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still want to be sure that your home and family remain unharmed. Check out these tips for preparing your home’s cooling and heating equipment for storm season.
Attach Your AC
Your outdoor AC equipment should be installed on a concrete pad and properly fastened to avoid the air conditioner from going up in the air or washing away over the course of a storm. If you live in a climate that generates hurricanes, it may be necessary to fasten your AC with hurricane straps to keep the system safe from high winds. Ask your air conditioning technician about anchoring your home’s AC during your AC Tune-up.
Stop the Surge
You can’t literally avoid the surge that often comes during a storm, but you can shield your Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment from it. Put in a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, like a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically turn off your heating system if there’s a jump in the line voltage. This will help safeguard the electrical components in your heating and air conditioning equipment that the power surge could damage. Be sure never to touch any electrical components, and request professional help if you are not comfortable using surge protectors properly.
Your family and you need to seek shelter first and foremost, but if time allows, shut down your HVAC system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. Prior to turning your equipment back on after the storm, be sure to remove the tarp and get rid of any debris.
This, Too, Shall Pass
Once the storm is over, ensure the system is safe before turning on your HVAC system. To get started, verify there are no indications of damage and remove any debris surrounding the system. Try to check and verify there is no noticeable harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioning system. Call 866-397-3787 for a system inspection if seems like there is any damage or flooding to the air conditioning. Once you’ve had the system inspected by an expert to ensure safe working, turn the heating and air conditioning system back on immediately to help dry the home and limit mold from getting into your equipment or ductwork.
If your system has had any damage, check out these tips on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing and ask about our membership options to help keep your heating and cooling system in working order through all the seasons.
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