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 kicks off hurricane season. Before the Atlantic hurricane season tapers off in November, snowfalls are upon the north. Most recently the floods wreaked havoc on our loved ones in Louisiana. The welfare of your family during treacherous storms should always take priority. But even while 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.

Anchor Your Air Conditioner

Your outside AC equipment should be positioned on a concrete pad and properly anchored to keep the system from going up in the air or washing away in a storm. If you live in a climate that generates hurricanes, it may be required to fasten your equipment with hurricane straps to protect the system from high winds. Ask your air conditioning technician about securing your home’s air conditioner during your Fall Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t actually prevent the surge that often occurs during a storm, but you can safeguard your heating and air conditioning equipment from it. Put in a high-quality surge protector where any large 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 safeguard the electrical components in your heating and air conditioning equipment that the power surge could damage. Remember to never touch any electrical components, and ask for professional help if you are not comfortable using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

Your family and you need to acquire shelter first and foremost, but if time permits, shut down your heating and cooling system and cover the outside system with a tarp. Before turning your system back on after the storm, be sure to remove the tarp and get rid of any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

After the storm ends, be sure the system is safe before turning on your HVAC system. First, confirm there are no signs of damage and get rid of any debris from around the system. Try to evaluate and confirm there is no noticeable harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your AC. Call 614-334-3192 for a system inspection if it looks like there may have been any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the equipment checked by a professional to ensure safe operation, turn the heating and cooling 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 Heating & Air Conditioning and ask about our membership options to help keep your heating and air conditioning system in working order through all the seasons.

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