You may start to think that storm season is year around. Spring brings rain storms and tornadoes, while summer kicks off hurricane season. As the Atlantic hurricane season ends in November, blizzards are upon the north. 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 are safe. See our tips for preparing your home’s heating and cooling equipment for storm season.
Anchor Your AC
Your outdoor air conditioning equipment should be installed on a concrete pad and properly secured to prevent the system from being thrown 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 air conditioner with hurricane straps to protect the equipment from high winds. Ask your expert technician about anchoring your home’s air conditioner during your AC Tune-up.
Stop the Surge
You can’t actually prevent the surge that often occurs during a storm, but you can safeguard your heating and cooling equipment from it. Install a high-quality surge protector where any sizable appliances, like a furnace, 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 safeguard the electrical components in your HVAC equipment that the power surge could harm. Remember to never touch any electrical components, and ask for professional help if you are not familiar with using surge protectors properly.
You and your family need to seek shelter first and foremost, but if there is time, turn off your HVAC system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. Prior to turning your equipment back on after the storm, make sure you remove the tarp and remove any debris.
This, Too, Shall Pass
Once the storm is over, make sure the system is safe before turning your heating and cooling system back on. First, make sure there are no signs of damage and remove any debris from around the equipment. Try to check and confirm there is no visible harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioning system. Call 630-246-2698 for a system inspection if it looks like there may have been any damage or flooding to the equipment. Once you’ve had the equipment checked by a technician to ensure safe operation, turn the heating and air conditioning system back on immediately to help dry the home and restrict mold from getting into the system or ductwork.
If your equipment has suffered any damage, check out these recommendations on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Golden Seal Service Experts and find out about our membership options to help keep your HVAC system in working order all seasons long.
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