Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

You may start to think that storm season is year around. Spring comes through with rain storms and tornadoes, while summer starts the hurricane season. By the time the Atlantic hurricane season ends in November, snowfalls are upon the north. In August the rains wreaked havoc on our friends in Louisiana. The well-being of your family during treacherous storms should invariably be priority. But even when 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 installed on a concrete pad and properly fastened to prevent the equipment from going airborne or washing away during a storm. If you reside in a climate that is subject to hurricanes, it may be necessary to fasten your air conditioner with hurricane straps to protect the equipment from high winds. Ask your expert technician about fastening down your home’s air conditioner during your AC Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

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

Provide Cover

Your loved ones and you need to seek shelter first and foremost, but if time permits, shut off your heating and cooling system and cover the outside system with a tarp. Prior to turning your equipment back on after the storm, make sure you remove the tarp and clean up any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

Once the storm is over, be sure the system is safe before turning on your HVAC system. To begin, make sure there are no signals of damage and get rid of any debris surrounding the equipment. Try to examine and confirm there is no visible harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioner. Call 905-453-6700 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 restrict mold from getting into your equipment 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 HVAC system in working order through all the seasons.

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