We are halfway through Hurricane season, the threat is far from over. If you’re concerned about the Hurricane season, which starts from June 1 to November 30, or are simply afraid of summer storms, it’s recommended to safeguard your HVAC system from the weather this season.
Hurricanes deliver more than just rain and wind. In fact, they produce power outages that may leave you without air conditioning and other household equipment for hours or days. Visit Ready.gov for information on how to prepare your whole house for severe weather. Take extra care of your air conditioning system so you can keep it cool between hurricanes.
1. Precool Your Home
If you expect losing power during a storm, cool your house in advance so that you can be comfortable until electricity is restored. Set your thermostat’s setting to colder than normal, close the curtains and blinds, and keep the doors and windows closed to keep the chilly air inside.
2. Turn-Off Electricity
Hurricanes comes with lightning and cause a power surge. An outage can damage your A/C unit. To protect your home equipment and devices you can install a whole-house surge protector. However, there’s also a danger that debris may get lodged in your outside unit and cause the engine to overheat. Protect yourself by turning off the electricity to your air conditioner. We advise that you switch off your thermostat and circuit breaker.
3. Clear Your Yard
Go around your property and make sure nothing could blow around during the storm and damage your outdoor unit. Clear all items such as lawn furniture, bikes, propane tanks, and any material inside or under shelters.
4. Protect Your AC Outdoor Unit
Secure your outdoor unit by covering it with hurricane straps, tarp, or cage. Strong heavy winds can carry flying objects and possibly may hit and damage you’re A/C unit. After turning off your air conditioner, protect it from flying debris by covering it with a tarp or plywood. Strong winds may bring down branches and trees that might cause damage if they fall on your unit. Ensure that the covering is removed as soon as it is safe to do so. Covering your unit for too long may retain moisture, leading to the growth of mold and mildew.
5. Secure Your AC Unit
If you have a second-story air conditioner, remember to attach the external condenser unit with hurricane straps to keep it in place during high winds. If your location is prone to floods, you may choose to have a professional HVAC technician raise your unit for increased safety.
6. Check For Possible Damages
Check for damages before turning on your air conditioning system. This is among the most crucial measures. Don’t forget to check storm damage before reactivating the system. Flooding or flying debris may have harmed your unit, and turning it on might exacerbate the damage. In addition, storm winds may create disconnections inside your air conditioning unit, which may result in refrigerant leakage. Turn on your air conditioning as soon as it seems safe to do so. This will prevent mold and mildew growth.
7. Contact a Skilled Professional
Calling a professional HVAC technician to evaluate your unit for storm-related damage is the safest course of action. This will provide you with the assurance that it is running correctly and safely. They may also assist you if you need to purchase a new HVAC system.
If you are having difficulties and in need of a professional HVAC technician service provider, Call Caloosa Cooling immediately at 239-226-0202.
Protect Your Home From Hurricane
In addition in securing your air conditioner, you may take a few basic precautions to safeguard your house. Please take note that these recommendations do not guarantee that you or your house will be “safe” during a severe storm. Please check weather warnings and leave the area as advised by local authorities.
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