No, the really BIG ONE
How to Storm-Proof Your HVAC Unit
Is your HVAC unit ready to ride out hurricane season?
These massive storms can cause some major damage. But we aren’t victims, we can take action to make sure our heating and cooling systems stays safe and avoids damage… and we will. There are a number of steps you can take to make sure your heating and cooling unit stays as safe and secure as possible in harrowing conditions. To keep your family storm safe and comfortable, we’ve put together this guide for helping you to protect your system and home before, during, and after a big storm.
Prevention is critical when it comes to protecting your HVAC equipment and home, overall. Follow these steps to make sure your unit is secure before an incoming storm hits.
- If the current climate still calls for AC, cool your home as much as possible in advance of the storm, since you will not be able to use it as it passes. If you are using window AC units, unplug and remove them before thoroughly sealing the opening.
- Since power surges are a common problem during large-scale storms, consider a whole-house surge protection package to help protect the investment you’ve made in your HVAC unit.
- First, use a tarp to cover your outdoor HVAC equipment, and make sure that the unit itself is fixed properly in place. Next, secure or store away any loose objects in the surrounding area that could be thrown about or potentially hit your unit.
- Finally, in case of an emergency or outage, double check that you have some staple items on-hand, including clean drinking water, first aid kits, towels, flashlights, etc. DURING The work isn’t done once the storm hits! It is highly advised that you turn off the breakers at both the thermostat and the breaker box to help prevent damage to your unit.
After the storm has completely passed, follow these steps to ensure that your unit is running smoothly and everything is back in order.
- First, step outside and assess any outdoor HVAC equipment for dings or damage, so that you know if any action needs to be taken.
- Switch the breakers back on for your equipment, and make sure that you restart the unit slowly. Follow up by monitoring for any unusual noises coming from any of the equipment.
- Next, replace window air conditioning units if you removed them earlier, and feel free to move any stored outdoor furniture or items back into place.
- If you are unsure whether your equipment is functioning properly following the storm, contact Boer Brothers Heating and Cooling to schedule an inspection. Follow the above steps to prep and protect your home in the wake of the next big storm, and always remember that you can call on us for your most pressing HVAC needs—even in fair weather!