Sometimes it feels like storm season is all year. Spring comes through with rain storms and tornadoes, while summer kicks off hurricane season. By the time the Atlantic hurricane season ends in November, snowstorms are upon the north. Most recently the storms wreaked havoc on our friends in Louisiana. The welfare of your family during hazardous storms should absolutely take priority. But even when the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still need to make sure that your home and family stay safe. Here are some suggestions for preparing your home’s heating and air conditioning equipment for storm season.
Secure Your Air Conditioner
Your outdoor air conditioning equipment should be placed on a concrete pad and properly fastened to prevent the system from going airborne or washing away during a storm. If you reside in a climate that generates hurricanes, it may be necessary to fasten your AC with hurricane straps to keep the equipment safe from high winds. Ask your air conditioning technician about fastening down your home’s air conditioning system during your AC Tune-up.
Stop the Surge
You can’t literally prevent the surge that often happens during a storm, but you can safeguard your heating and cooling 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 shut down your heating system if there’s an increase in the line voltage. This will help protect the electrical components in your heating and cooling equipment that the power surge could harm. Remember to never touch any electrical components, and ask for expert help if you are not accustomed to using surge protectors properly.
Your family and you need to find shelter first and foremost, but if time permits, turn off your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor system with a tarp. Before turning 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 starting up your heating and air conditioning system. To begin, verify there are no signs of damage and get rid of any debris surrounding the system. Try to evaluate and make sure there is no apparent harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioner. Call 866-397-3787 for an AC inspection if seems like there is any damage or flooding to the air conditioning. Once you’ve had the equipment inspected by a professional to ensure safe operation, turn the heating and cooling system back on ASAP to help dry the home and restrict mold from getting into the system 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 find out about our membership options to help keep your HVAC system in working order all seasons long.