Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

Sometimes it feels like storm season is all year. Spring arrives with rain storms and tornadoes, while summer ushers in hurricane season. As the Atlantic hurricane season comes to a close in November, blizzards are upon the north. Last month the rains caused devastation for our loved ones in Louisiana. The welfare of your family during perilous storms should invariably be priority. But even while the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still need to make sure that your home and family remain unharmed. Here are some tips for preparing your home’s heating and cooling equipment for storm season.

Secure 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 in a storm. If you live in a climate that is subject to hurricanes, it may be critical to fasten your air conditioner with hurricane straps to keep the system safe from high winds. Ask your professional technician about fastening down your home’s AC during your Precision Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t literally stop the surge that often happens during a storm, but you can shield your Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment from it. Install a high-quality surge protector where any sizable appliances, such as a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically shut down your heating system if there’s a spike in the line voltage. This will help protect the electrical components in your heating and cooling equipment that the power surge could hurt. Be sure never to touch any electrical components, and ask for expert help if you are not accustomed to using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

You and your family need to seek shelter first and foremost, but if time allows, turn off your heating and cooling system and cover the outside equipment with a tarp. Before turning your system back on after the storm, make sure you remove the tarp and get rid of any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

After the storm ends, be sure the system is safe before starting up your heating and air conditioning system. To begin, make sure there are no signals of damage and get rid of any debris surrounding the system. Try to check and confirm there is no noticeable harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your AC. Call 440-252-1375 for an AC inspection if it looks like there may have been any damage or flooding to the equipment. Once you’ve had the equipment checked by an expert to ensure safe working, turn the heating and cooling system back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into the equipment 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 and learn about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your heating and cooling system in working order all seasons long.

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