It feels like storm season is every season. Spring comes through with rain storms and tornadoes, while summer kicks off hurricane season. By the time the Atlantic hurricane season tapers off in November, snowstorms are upon the north. Last month the floods caused destruction for our friends in Louisiana. The welfare of your family during hazardous storms should invariably be priority. But even as the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still want to make sure that your home and family stay safe. Check out these tips for preparing your home’s heating and air conditioning equipment for storm season.
Anchor Your Air Conditioning
Your outdoor air conditioning equipment should be installed on a concrete pad and properly anchored to prevent the system from going airborne or washing away in a storm. If you reside in a climate that is subject to hurricanes, it may be necessary to fasten your equipment with hurricane straps to protect the system from high winds. Ask your air conditioning technician about fastening down your home’s AC during your AC Tune-up.
Stop the Surge
You can’t really avoid the surge that often occurs during a storm, but you can shield your heating and cooling equipment from it. Install a high-quality surge protector where any large appliances, a furnace for example, 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 protect the electrical components in your heating and air conditioning equipment that the power surge could harm. Remember to never touch any electrical components, and request professional help if you are not accustomed to using surge protectors properly.
You and your family need to find shelter first and foremost, but if time permits, shut off your heating and cooling system and cover the outside system with a tarp. Prior to turning your equipment back on after the storm, you must remove the tarp and clean up any debris.
This, Too, Shall Pass
After the storm ends, ensure the system is safe before turning on your HVAC system. First, confirm there are no signs of damage and get rid of any debris from around the equipment. Try to check and confirm there is no noticeable harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioning system. Call 289-813-5566 for an equipment inspection if appears there has been any damage or flooding to the air conditioning. Once you’ve had the system inspected by an expert to ensure safe operation, turn the heating and air conditioning system back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and restrict mold from getting into the system or ductwork.
If your system has had any damage, check out these tips on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Abbey Air Home Services by Enercare and find out about our membership options to help keep your heating and cooling system in working order all year long.