Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

It feels like storm season is every season. 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 floods caused destruction for our family in Louisiana. The well-being of your family during perilous storms should absolutely take priority. But even when the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still need to be sure that your home and family remain unharmed. Here are some suggestions for preparing your home’s heating and air conditioning equipment for storm season.

Anchor Your Air Conditioning

Your outside AC equipment should be positioned on a concrete pad and properly secured to avoid the system from being thrown in the air or washing away over the course of a storm. If you are in a climate that is subject to hurricanes, it may be necessary to fasten your AC with hurricane straps to protect the equipment from high winds. Ask your air conditioning technician about fastening down your home’s AC during your Precision Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t actually stop the surge that often happens during a storm, but you can shield your heating and cooling equipment from it. Put in 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 spike in the line voltage. This will help shield the electrical components in your heating and cooling equipment that the power surge could hurt. Make sure you never touch any electrical components, and ask for professional 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, turn off your heating and air conditioning system and cover the outside system with a tarp. Prior to turning your equipment back on after the storm, be sure to remove the tarp and clean up any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

When the storm has passed, ensure the system is safe before turning your heating and cooling system back on. To begin, confirm there are no signals of damage and remove any debris surrounding 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 919-578-4329 for an AC inspection if seems like there is any damage or flooding to the air conditioning. Once you’ve had the system inspected by a technician to ensure safe operation, turn the heating and air conditioning system back on immediately to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into the equipment or ductwork.

If your system has had any damage, check out these recommendations 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 Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your HVAC system in working order through all the seasons.

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