Floridians know to safeguard their homes prior to a hurricane. Even though it is the middle of hurricane season, it’s not too late to start thinking about how to prepare. Hurricane preparation will help ensure the long-term health of heating and cooling systems. Below, Air Tech of Central Florida provides some guidelines for preparing an HVAC system for the wind, rain and flooding that can come with a hurricane.
Schedule a Maintenance Inspection
Having a maintenance inspection before each hurricane season will alert homeowners to any problem with their HVAC before it becomes a serious issue. Likewise, if homeowners are missing any components of hurricane safety, such as a secured outdoor unit to a concrete pad, a professional can help correct them.
Include your System in Pre-Hurricane Preparations
Make sure any existing protections, such as hurricane straps, are in good condition before and after each storm. Remove any surrounding objects and debris from outdoor units. Patio furniture, yard equipment and lawn ornaments should be moved into a storage shed or inside the house. Additionally, trim any trees or shrubs to avoid branch damage. Consider covering outside units with a cage or tarp to prevent any windblown objects from impaling the compressor.
During the Storm, Keep Your HVAC Unit Off
Power surges are a concern during any major storm. Once the storm hits, it is important to turn off the unit, both at the thermostat and the circuit breaker. This will reduce the chances of a power surge compromising the system.
Check Carefully Before Starting Your AC
After it is safe to go outside, inspect the area around the unit and the unit itself for any signs of damage. Possible signs to look out for include: flooding or leaking, frayed wires, movement of the unit, projectile damage and scorch marks. If there are any signs of damage do not turn on your unit; instead, call a professional.
Contact Air Tech of Central Florida
Air Tech of Central Florida is proud to offer professional, friendly HVAC service. Please contact Air Tech of Central Florida by phone or online to schedule services and stay safe this hurricane season.