Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

It feels like storm season is every season. Spring brings rain storms and tornadoes, while summer kicks off hurricane season. Before the Atlantic hurricane season comes to a close in November, snowfalls are upon the north. Most recently the storms caused devastation for our loved ones in Louisiana. The safety of your family during dangerous storms should invariably be priority. But even when the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still want to make sure that your home and family stay safe. Here are some recommendations for preparing your home’s cooling and heating equipment for storm season.

Attach Your Air Conditioner

Your outdoor air conditioning equipment should be installed on a concrete pad and properly anchored to avoid the equipment from going up in the air or washing away during a storm. If you live in a climate that produces hurricanes, it may be critical to fasten your AC with hurricane straps to keep the equipment safe from high winds. Ask your professional technician about fastening down your home’s air conditioning system during your Precision Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t literally stop the surge that often comes during a storm, but you can shield your heating and air conditioning equipment from it. Get a high-quality surge protector where any sizable appliances, like a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically turn off your heating system if there’s a spike in the line voltage. This will help shield the electrical components in your heating and air conditioning equipment that the power surge could hurt. Remember to never touch any electrical components, and ask for expert 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 allows, shut down your HVAC system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. Before you turn your system back on after the storm, be sure to remove the tarp and get rid of any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

Once the storm is over, be sure the system is safe before turning your heating and cooling system back on. To begin, make sure there are no signs of damage and remove any debris from around the system. Try to check and confirm there is no noticeable harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioner. Call 281-407-9478 for an equipment inspection if seems like there is any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the equipment checked by a professional to ensure safe operation, turn the heating and air conditioning system back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and limit mold from getting into your equipment 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 Finch Air Conditioning & Heating Inc and learn about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your heating and air conditioning system in working order all year long.

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