Prepping Your Home’s HVAC Equipment for Storms
Sometimes it feels like storm season is all year. Spring arrives with rain storms and tornadoes, while summer kicks off hurricane season. As the Atlantic hurricane season tapers off in November, snowfalls 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 want to make sure that your home and family are safe. See our suggestions for preparing your home’s heating and air conditioning equipment for storm season.
Attach Your AC
Your outdoor air conditioning equipment should be installed on a concrete pad and properly fastened to prevent the air conditioner from going airborne or washing away over the course of a storm. If you are in a climate that generates hurricanes, it may be required to fasten your AC 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 really prevent the surge that often happens during a storm, but you can safeguard your heating and cooling 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 shut off your heating system if there’s a jump in the line voltage. This will help shield the electrical components in your HVAC equipment that the power surge could hurt. Make sure you never touch any electrical components, and request professional help if you are not familiar with using surge protectors properly.
You and your family need to acquire shelter first and foremost, but if there is time, shut down your HVAC system and cover the outside equipment with a tarp. Before you turn your system back on after the storm, make sure you remove the tarp and get rid of any debris.
This, Too, Shall Pass
Once the storm is over, ensure the system is safe before starting up your heating and air conditioning system. First, confirm there are no signs of damage and remove any debris from around the equipment. Try to examine and verify there is no visible harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your AC. Call 215-259-5850 for an equipment inspection if it looks like there may have been any damage or flooding to the air conditioning. Once you’ve had the system checked by a professional to ensure safe function, turn the heating and cooling system back on ASAP to help dry the home and limit mold from getting into your system or ductwork.
If your equipment has suffered any damage, check out these tips on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning and learn about our membership options to help keep your HVAC system in working order all year long.
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