Prepping Your Home’s HVAC Equipment for Storms 

It feels like storm season is every season. 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 welfare of your family during perilous storms should absolutely take priority. But even when the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still need to be sure that your home and family are safe. Check out these suggestions for preparing your home’s cooling and heating equipment for storm season. 

Attach Your AC 

Your outdoor air conditioning equipment should be positioned on a concrete pad and properly fastened to keep the equipment from going airborne or washing away in a storm. If you live in a climate that is subject to hurricanes, it may be critical to fasten your AC with hurricane straps to protect the system from high winds. Ask your professional technician about anchoring your home’s air conditioning system during your Fall Tune-up. 

Stop the Surge 

You can’t really prevent 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 sizable appliances, a furnace for example, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically shut 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. Be sure never to touch any electrical components, and seek 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, turn 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 remove any debris. 

This, Too, Shall Pass 

Once the storm is over, ensure the system is safe before turning on your HVAC system. To begin, confirm there are no indications of damage and get rid of any debris from around the equipment. Try to check and verify there is no visible 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 equipment inspected by an expert to ensure safe function, turn the heating and cooling system back on immediately to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into the equipment or ductwork. 

If there was any damage to your equipment, 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 ask about our membership options to help keep your heating and air conditioning system in working order all seasons long. 

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