As the summer slowly winds down, hurricane and tropical storm season pick up. The damage that rough weather can inflict on your home and HVAC system can cause headaches in the aftermath, so it’s important to make sure your home is protected.
Most people who have ever been through a hurricane know the routine: bring in the plants and outdoor furniture, tape or board up your windows, stock up on candles, flashlights and non-perishable food. Quite often however, your HVAC system is overlooked.
Obviously, you can’t relocate your outside HVAC system, so it’s best to cover it securely to protect your equipment from harsh rains and falling debris.
Have a thermostat installed that has battery back-up power, this way you don’t lose all of your HVAC settings during a power outage (Get a modern energy savings thermostat at Amazon).
If you’re close to the storm, don’t take chances and run any equipment that might burn out. You want your HVAC running long after the rains have stopped. It’s best to simply shut everything down if you anticipate a power outage. This way, you reduce the risk of blowing out circuits and burning out the compressor when the electricity returns.
Once the storm is passed, check your outside equipment for any damage like dents from fallen debris. If you feel there is something obstructing your system and preventing it from working properly, call an HVAC repairman before you turn the system back on.
Here are some additional tips to ensure your HVAC system stays protected in the high winds, falling debris, and dangerous lightening.
HVAC To-Do List for Hurricane Preparation:
- Turn your AC unit off prior to a severe storm.
- If you have a window unit, unplug it entirely.
- Cover your outside unit and make sure it’s secure.
- Do not turn your unit back on immediately following a storm or hurricane.
- Inspect the unit and surrounding area first to ensure it’s in proper working condition.
- Remember, before turning your HVAC system back on, to always uncover your outdoor unit.
Remember, as you make plans and prepare your emergency hurricane kits, take care to watch your heating and cooling systems. You’ve spent a lot of money having these systems installed and maintained. With the proper precautions you can protect your investment and avoid coming home to an unpleasant situation.