Prepping Your Home’s HVAC Equipment for Storms 

Sometimes it feels like storm season is all year. Spring brings rain storms and tornadoes, while summer ushers in hurricane season. As the Atlantic hurricane season ends in November, snowfalls are upon the north. The well-being of your family during treacherous storms should invariably be priority. But even as the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still need to be sure that your home and family stay safe. Here are some suggestions for preparing your home’s cooling and heating equipment for storm season. 

Secure Your AC 

Your outdoor AC equipment should be installed on a concrete pad and properly fastened to keep the air conditioner from going up in the air or washing away over the course of a storm. If you live in a climate that produces hurricanes, it may be necessary to fasten your equipment with hurricane straps to keep the equipment safe from high winds. Ask your expert technician about securing your home’s AC 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, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment from it. Put in a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, like a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically shut off your heating system if there’s an increase in the line voltage. This will help shield the electrical components in your heating and cooling equipment that the power surge could damage. Make sure you never touch any electrical components, and request professional help if you are not comfortable using surge protectors properly. 

Provide Cover 

Your family and you need to acquire shelter first and foremost, but if time permits, shut off your heating and air conditioning 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 clean up any debris. 

This, Too, Shall Pass 

After the storm ends, be sure the system is safe before starting up your heating and air conditioning system. To get started, make sure there are no signals of damage and clean any debris surrounding the system. Try to examine and make sure there is no noticeable harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your AC. Call 614-334-3192 for an equipment inspection if it looks like there may have been any damage or flooding to the air conditioning. Once you’ve had the equipment checked by an expert to ensure safe function, turn the heating and cooling system back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into your 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 Stevenson Service Experts and learn about our membership options to help keep your HVAC system in working order through all the seasons. 

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