Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

It feels like storm season is every season. Spring comes through with rain storms and tornadoes, while summer ushers in hurricane season. As the Atlantic hurricane season comes to a close in November, blizzards are upon the north. In August the rains caused devastation for our friends in Louisiana. The safety of your family during hazardous storms should absolutely take priority. But even when the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still want to be sure that your home and family stay safe. Here are some suggestions for preparing your home’s heating and air conditioning equipment for storm season.

Secure Your AC

Your outside AC equipment should be positioned on a concrete pad and properly secured to prevent the system from being thrown in the air or washing away over the course of a storm. If you live in a climate that generates hurricanes, it may be necessary to fasten your air conditioner with hurricane straps to keep the equipment safe from high winds. Ask your professional technician about securing your home’s air conditioner during your Precision Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t literally avoid the surge that often happens during a storm, but you can safeguard your Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment from it. Get a high-quality surge protector where any sizable 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 shield the electrical components in your heating and air conditioning equipment that the power surge could damage. Remember to never touch any electrical components, and ask for professional help if you are not comfortable using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

Your loved ones and you need to acquire shelter first and foremost, but if time permits, shut down your heating and air conditioning system and cover the outdoor 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, 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 system. Try to examine and confirm there is no visible harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioning system. Call 856-310-4824 for a system inspection if seems like there is any damage or flooding to the equipment. Once you’ve had the equipment inspected by a technician to ensure safe function, turn the HVAC system back on immediately to help dry the home and limit mold from getting into the system 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 Atmostemp Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and find out about our membership options to help keep your heating and cooling system in working order all year long.

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