Prepping Your Home’s HVAC Equipment for Storms 

You may start to think that storm season is year around. Spring comes through with rain storms and tornadoes, while summer kicks off hurricane season. Before the Atlantic hurricane season ends in November, snowstorms are upon the north. The welfare of your family during hazardous storms should always take priority. But even while the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still want to be sure that your home and family stay safe. Check out these recommendations for preparing your home’s heating and air conditioning equipment for storm season. 

Secure Your Air Conditioner 

Your outside air conditioning equipment should be placed on a concrete pad and properly attached to avoid the system from going airborne or washing away during a storm. If you are in a climate that generates hurricanes, it may be critical to fasten your equipment with hurricane straps to protect the system from high winds. Ask your air conditioning technician about anchoring your home’s AC during your Precision Tune-up. 

Stop the Surge 

You can’t really stop the surge that often occurs during a storm, but you can protect your Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment from it. Put in a high-quality surge protector where any sizable appliances, such as 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 heating and air conditioning equipment that the power surge could harm. Be sure never to touch any electrical components, and ask for professional help if you are not familiar with using surge protectors properly. 

Provide Cover 

Your loved ones and you need to seek shelter first and foremost, but if time permits, turn off your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. Before turning your system back on after the storm, you must remove the tarp and clean up any debris. 

This, Too, Shall Pass 

When the storm has passed, be sure the system is safe before starting up your heating and air conditioning system. To begin, make sure there are no signs of damage and clean 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 equipment inspection if appears there has been any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the system checked by a professional to ensure safe function, turn the HVAC system back on ASAP to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into your system 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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