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. By the time the Atlantic hurricane season ends in November, snowfalls are upon the north. The well-being of your family during dangerous storms should always take priority. But even while the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still need to be sure that your home and family remain unharmed. Here are some recommendations for preparing your home’s heating and air conditioning equipment for storm season. 

Anchor Your Air Conditioner 

Your outside air conditioning equipment should be placed on a concrete pad and properly anchored to keep the equipment from being thrown in the air or washing away during a storm. If you reside in a climate that generates hurricanes, it may be necessary to fasten your equipment with hurricane straps to protect the system from high winds. Ask your expert technician about securing your home’s air conditioner during your Precision Tune-up. 

Stop the Surge 

You can’t actually avoid the surge that often comes during a storm, but you can shield your Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment from it. Install 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 safeguard the electrical components in your heating and cooling equipment that the power surge could damage. Be sure never to touch any electrical components, and ask for expert help if you are not accustomed to using surge protectors properly. 

Provide Cover 

Your family and you need to acquire shelter first and foremost, but if time permits, turn off your HVAC 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 get rid of any debris. 

This, Too, Shall Pass 

After the storm ends, make sure the system is safe before turning on your HVAC system. To begin, make sure there are no signs of damage and get rid of any debris surrounding the equipment. Try to evaluate and verify there is no visible harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioning system. Call 614-334-3192 for an AC inspection if appears there has been any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the system inspected by a technician to ensure safe operation, turn the HVAC system back on immediately to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into your system or ductwork. 

If there was any damage to your equipment, 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 air conditioning system in working order all year long. 

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