Prepping Your Home’s HVAC Equipment for Storms
You may start to think that storm season is year around. Spring brings rain storms and tornadoes, while summer kicks off hurricane season. As the Atlantic hurricane season comes to a close in November, snowstorms are upon the north. The welfare of your family during hazardous storms should always take priority. But even when 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 suggestions for preparing your home’s heating and air conditioning equipment for storm season.
Anchor Your Air Conditioner
Your outdoor AC equipment should be placed on a concrete pad and properly anchored to prevent the equipment from going up in the air or washing away over the course of a storm. If you reside in a climate that is subject to hurricanes, it may be critical to fasten your equipment with hurricane straps to protect the equipment from high winds. Ask your professional technician about securing your home’s air conditioner during your AC Tune-up.
Stop the Surge
You can’t really avoid the surge that often happens during a storm, but you can shield your heating and air conditioning equipment from it. Install a high-quality surge protector where any sizable appliances, a furnace for example, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically shut down your heating system if there’s a jump in the line voltage. This will help safeguard the electrical components in your HVAC equipment that the power surge could harm. Make sure you never touch any electrical components, and ask for professional help if you are not comfortable using surge protectors properly.
Your loved ones and you need to seek shelter first and foremost, but if there is time, shut down your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor system with a tarp. Before you turn your system back on after the storm, be sure to remove the tarp and remove any debris.
This, Too, Shall Pass
When the storm has passed, make sure the system is safe before turning on your HVAC system. To begin, make sure there are no indications of damage and clean any debris surrounding the system. Try to examine and make sure there is no visible harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioner. Call 215-259-5850 for an AC inspection if seems like there is any damage or flooding to the air conditioning. Once you’ve had the equipment checked by a professional to ensure safe working, turn the heating and cooling system back on ASAP to help dry the home and restrict mold from getting into the equipment or ductwork.
If your equipment has suffered any damage, check out these suggestions on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning and find out about our membership options to help keep your heating and cooling system in working order all seasons long.
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