Hurricane season is just around the corner, and as always, Floridians are starting to prepare. We may take steps to prepare our shutters from high winds and our home’s from flooding, but many Floridians forget about protecting one of their home’s most useful appliances — their air conditioning systems. Make sure your AC is ready for Hurricane Season by following these tips.
Prepping Your Home for Hurricane Season
Whether or not a hurricane is on its way, there are a few general safety tips that you should always follow.
For starters, you should make sure that your outdoor condenser unit is safely secured to a concrete slab. High winds can easily rip units out of the ground, so it’s important that they are kept safe.
Also, every system should be regularly checked by an HVAC professional. If there is an electrical problem with your system this could be made worse by a storm. Have a professional check your system twice a year to make sure it is running efficiently and safely.
Preparing Your AC Unit for Hurricane Season
When there is the threat of being hit with an actual hurricane, there are a few precautionary steps you will want to take. Here is a list of things that you should do as soon as a hurricane is on its way.
– Protect the outside unit by covering it. If you do not have a specific air conditioner cover, a tarp will work. This helps to protect the system against any debris being thrown around during the storm.
– Prepare a backup generator. If you lose power, this will allow you to keep your home cool after the storm. It will also allow you to operate other vital appliances while the power is out.
– Switch off the entire system during the storm. Do this from the circuit breaker to make sure it has switched off completely. Power surges are common during hurricanes, and may cause fires.
– Make sure all debris, patio furniture or yard tools are cleared out before the storm. These things can fly away during a storm, cause damage to your AC unit or even your home or your neighbors’ homes.
Is Your HVAC System Ready for Hurricane Season?
Before the hurricane or any severe storm hits, make sure that your AC is ready. Call Engineered Air and have your entire system maintained and inspected. Our experienced technicians will make sure your system is ready if a hurricane should come its way. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Schedule your appointment with Engineered Air today!