Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

It feels like storm season is every season. Spring comes through with rain storms and tornadoes, while summer starts the hurricane season. Before the Atlantic hurricane season comes to a close in November, snowfalls are upon the north. In August the rains caused devastation for our loved ones in Louisiana. The safety of your family during treacherous storms should invariably be priority. But even as the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still want to make sure that your home and family stay safe. Here are some tips for preparing your home’s cooling and heating equipment for storm season.

Attach Your Air Conditioner

Your outside AC equipment should be placed on a concrete pad and properly fastened to keep the system 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 required to fasten your AC with hurricane straps to protect the equipment from high winds. Ask your professional technician about fastening down your home’s AC during your AC Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t really avoid the surge that often comes during a storm, but you can safeguard your Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment from it. Get a high-quality surge protector where any large appliances, like a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically turn off 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 damage. Be sure never to touch any electrical components, and request professional help if you are not accustomed to using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

Your loved ones and you need to find shelter first and foremost, but if time permits, turn off your HVAC system and cover the outdoor system with a tarp. Prior to turning your equipment back on after the storm, be sure to remove the tarp and remove any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

After the storm ends, ensure the system is safe before turning your heating and cooling system back on. First, confirm there are no signals of damage and get rid of any debris surrounding the equipment. Try to check and verify there is no visible harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioner. Call 289-201-2346 for an AC inspection if appears there has been any damage or flooding to the air conditioning. Once you’ve had the equipment checked by a technician to ensure safe working, 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 your system has had any damage, check out these suggestions on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Service Experts Commercial HVAC and learn about our membership options to help keep your heating and cooling system in working order through all the seasons.

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