Prepping Your Home’s HVAC Equipment for Storms
Sometimes it feels like storm season is all year. Spring brings rain storms and tornadoes, while summer starts the hurricane season. As the Atlantic hurricane season ends in November, blizzards are upon the north. The welfare of your family during perilous storms should invariably be priority. But even as the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still need to be sure that your home and family stay safe. Check out these recommendations for preparing your home’s heating and cooling equipment for storm season.
Secure Your Air Conditioner
Your outdoor AC equipment should be placed on a concrete pad and properly anchored to prevent the air conditioner from going airborne or washing away in a storm. If you reside in a climate that generates hurricanes, it may be required to fasten your equipment with hurricane straps to keep the system safe from high winds. Ask your professional technician about fastening down your home’s air conditioning system during your Precision Tune-up.
Stop the Surge
You can’t literally avoid the surge that often happens during a storm, but you can safeguard your heating and cooling equipment from it. Install a high-quality surge protector where any sizable appliances, a furnace for example, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically turn off your heating system if there’s an increase in the line voltage. This will help protect the electrical components in your HVAC equipment that the power surge could hurt. Be sure never to touch any electrical components, and ask for expert help if you are not comfortable using surge protectors properly.
You and your family need to find shelter first and foremost, but if time allows, shut down your HVAC system and cover the outside equipment with a tarp. Prior to turning your equipment back on after the storm, you must remove the tarp and clean up any debris.
This, Too, Shall Pass
Once the storm is over, ensure the system is safe before turning on your HVAC system. To begin, make sure there are no signs of damage and clean any debris from around the system. Try to check and make sure there is no noticeable harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioning system. Call 866-397-3787 for an equipment inspection if seems like there is any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the system checked by an expert to ensure safe operation, turn the heating and air conditioning system back on immediately to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into your system or ductwork.
If there was any damage to your equipment, 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 all seasons long.
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