In Central Florida, it is important to ensure that you are prepared in the event of a storm or extreme weather. This doesn’t only pertain to stowing away the items outside of your home; it also means your HVAC system should be protected. Heating and air conditioning units can often become damaged during storms—not just by water, impact of flying debris from high winds and hail, but also from damage caused by electricity.
There are a number of ways you can prepare your HVAC unit for spring showers and Florida storms. Here are ten helpful tips and tricks to use at home this season.
#1 Check That Your AC Unit Is Fastened
Ensure that your outside air conditioning unit is securely fastened to the concrete pad it sits on.
#2 Canvas Cover for Outside Unit
Use a canvas cover to protect the outside unit. This will shield it from rain making its way inside of the equipment. The cover will need to be removed before the AC unit is started back up again.
#3 Watch out for Flying Debris
While cleaning up outdoor items and getting everything tied down, it is best to remove any items that are lighter weight and could be blown into or toward the AC unit. This will prevent any damage occurring in the case of high winds
#4 Use Hail Guards
You should also consider putting hail guards on the outdoor AC unit. This will help to protect the condenser coil fins; fragile pieces of your HVAC equipment that may not hold up if large hail hits
#5 Install a Sump Pump
Installing a sump pump in the basement of your home will not only protect the carpeting, furniture and other household items, but will also protect your HVAC unit and ducts by keeping water from seeping into your basement.
#6 Look for Standing Water
After a storm has passed, it is important to ensure your outdoor AC unit is not submerged in water before you start it up again.
#7 Check for Damage
With high winds, there could be some damage to the outdoor AC unit. It is important to ensure that there is no serious damage to the unit before starting it.
#8 Change the Filter
The air filter of the HVAC unit should be changed after a severe storm.
#9 Use a Generator
Consider using a permanent backup generator for your home. This will give your home power even if your electricity goes out. It will also eliminate electrical problems that could happen in the event of a power outage.
#10 Contact Air Tech of Central Florida for Help With HVAC Preparedness
Last but not least, contact our team of professionals for any repair, replacement or maintenance jobs. Air Tech of Central Florida can help with all of your HVAC needs, including getting ready for a storm or any issues or damage you may have after a storm moves through. Call us today to ensure your continued comfort this spring.