Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

You may start to think that storm season is year around. Spring arrives with rain storms and tornadoes, while summer kicks off hurricane season. As the Atlantic hurricane season ends in November, snowstorms are upon the north. Most recently the floods caused destruction for our friends in Louisiana. The safety of your family during treacherous storms should absolutely take priority. But even as the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still need to make sure that your home and family are safe. Here are some tips for preparing your home’s heating and cooling equipment for storm season.

Secure Your AC

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

Stop the Surge

You can’t really prevent the surge that often comes during a storm, but you can safeguard your Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment from it. Put in a high-quality surge protector where any sizable appliances, a furnace for example, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically shut down your heating system if there’s a spike in the line voltage. This will help protect the electrical components in your heating and air conditioning equipment that the power surge could damage. Make sure you never touch any electrical components, and ask for professional help if you are not comfortable using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

You and your family need to acquire shelter first and foremost, but if time allows, shut down your heating and cooling system and cover the outside system with a tarp. Before you turn your system back on after the storm, you must remove the tarp and remove any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

When the storm has passed, be sure the system is safe before turning on your HVAC system. To get started, confirm there are no indications of damage and remove any debris surrounding the equipment. Try to examine and verify there is no noticeable harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioning system. Call 780-800-7092 for a system inspection if it looks like there may have been any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the system inspected by a professional to ensure safe operation, turn the heating and cooling system back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and limit mold from getting into your equipment 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 McKinley Heating Service Experts and ask about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your HVAC system in working order all year long.

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