Prepping Your Home’s HVAC Equipment for Storms 

Sometimes it feels like storm season is all year. Spring comes through with rain storms and tornadoes, while summer ushers in hurricane season. Before the Atlantic hurricane season tapers off in November, snowfalls are upon the north. The safety of your family during perilous storms should absolutely take priority. But even as the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still want to make sure that your home and family remain unharmed. Here are some suggestions for preparing your home’s cooling and heating equipment for storm season. 

Attach Your AC 

Your outside air conditioning equipment should be positioned on a concrete pad and properly fastened to keep the air conditioner from going airborne or washing away in a storm. If you reside in a climate that generates hurricanes, it may be critical to fasten your equipment with hurricane straps to keep the system safe from high winds. Ask your expert technician about fastening down your home’s AC during your Fall Tune-up. 

Stop the Surge 

You can’t literally stop the surge that often comes during a storm, but you can safeguard your Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment from it. Get a high-quality surge protector where any sizable appliances, such as a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically shut down your heating system if there’s a spike in the line voltage. This will help safeguard the electrical components in your heating and air conditioning equipment that the power surge could damage. Remember to never touch any electrical components, and ask for expert help if you are not comfortable using surge protectors properly. 

Provide Cover 

Your loved ones and you need to seek shelter first and foremost, but if there is time, shut off your heating and cooling system and cover the outside system 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 

After the storm ends, ensure the system is safe before turning on your HVAC system. To begin, confirm there are no signals of damage and remove any debris surrounding the system. Try to check and verify there is no noticeable harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioner. Call 614-334-3192 for an AC inspection if seems like there is any damage or flooding to the equipment. Once you’ve had the system inspected by a professional to ensure safe operation, turn the heating and cooling system back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and restrict mold from getting into your 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 Stevenson Service Experts and ask about our membership options to help keep your heating and cooling system in working order all year long. 

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