You may start to think that storm season is year around. Spring brings rain storms and tornadoes, while summer kicks off hurricane season. Before the Atlantic hurricane season tapers off in November, snowstorms are upon the north. Most recently the storms wreaked havoc on our family in Louisiana. The well-being of your family during perilous storms should absolutely take priority. But even when the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still need to be sure that your home and family stay safe. Here are some recommendations for preparing your home’s cooling and heating equipment for storm season.
Anchor Your Air Conditioning
Your outdoor AC equipment should be positioned on a concrete pad and properly secured to keep the equipment from going up in the air or washing away during a storm. If you are in a climate that generates hurricanes, it may be critical to fasten your air conditioner with hurricane straps to keep the system safe from high winds. Ask your professional technician about fastening down your home’s air conditioner during your AC Tune-up.
Stop the Surge
You can’t actually prevent the surge that often happens during a storm, but you can protect your heating and cooling equipment from it. Install a high-quality surge protector where any large appliances, like a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically turn off your heating system if there’s an increase in the line voltage. This will help shield the electrical components in your heating and air conditioning equipment that the power surge could harm. Be sure never to touch any electrical components, and ask for professional help if you are not accustomed to using surge protectors properly.
You and your family need to seek shelter first and foremost, but if time allows, shut down your heating and air conditioning system and cover the outside system with a tarp. Prior to turning your equipment back on after the storm, be sure to remove the tarp and clean up any debris.
This, Too, Shall Pass
After the storm ends, be sure the system is safe before turning your heating and cooling system back on. First, verify there are no signs of damage and get rid of any debris surrounding the system. Try to evaluate and confirm there is no apparent harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your AC. Call 317-527-0271 for an equipment inspection if it looks like there may have been any damage or flooding to the air conditioning. Once you’ve had the system inspected by an expert to ensure safe operation, turn the HVAC system back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into the system or ductwork.
If your system has had any damage, check out these suggestions on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Broad Ripple Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and learn about our membership options to help keep your HVAC system in working order all seasons long.