Tips to Prepare Your HVAC System to Weather the Nastiest of Storms

Hurricane Harvey hit Southeast Texas just a little over a year ago in August of 2017, devastating Houston and the surrounding region. Although Texas enjoys more than its fair share of beautiful weather for more than a third of each year, it’s not immune to hurricanes and other major storms.

When Mother Nature does come rapping aggressively at your door, you’ll want your HVAC unit to stay in one piece, so you can maintain or return to as much comfort and normalcy in your home as possible when strong weather hits. Today we cover six tips to prepare your HVAC system to weather any storm.

Get an Inspection First – If possible, get your HVAC system inspected before any storm hits. Ideally, you’d get it looked at before storm season begins to rule out any possibility of your unit’s current state worsening after even a minor weather incident. You can be proactive and ensure a healthy system before the weather turns bad.

Cool Your Home Before the Storm Arrives – Stay ahead of power outages by cooling your home before the storm ever begins. Turn your AC down a few degrees lower than its normal setting and close all blinds, doors, and windows. As the storm approaches, turn off the electricity or completely unplug your unit to prevent any electrical damage. Your home will remain cool and your HVAC unit will be spared.

Install a Surge Protector – If lightning strikes it can cause severe damage to any electronics in your home, including the HVAC unit. Install a home surge protector to ground the lightning in case it hits your house, defending yourself and everything inside it.

Bolt It Down – Make sure your outdoor unit is fully secured by tightening all the bolts on the equipment. High winds may easily remove loosely affixed outdoor units. You can also apply hurricane or condenser straps to your outdoor unit to ensure it won’t fly away in an intense storm. If flooding is a potential threat, elevate your unit slightly higher than its current location to prevent water damage.

Provide Shelter – High winds and flooding aren’t the only threats that could destroy your outdoor HVAC equipment. Flying debris could also render your unit completely useless. After securing it to the ground, cover your equipment with a tarp or plywood to further protect it against tree limbs, branches, or other hazardous objects that may fly into or land on your unit.

Wait to Turn It Back On – Always remember to not fire up your AC and HVAC unit until you’ve fully inspected your equipment for damage in the aftermath of a storm. High winds, water, or debris could have caused serious issues that maybe aren’t obvious at first glance. If you suspect anything is broken or amiss, don’t hesitate to call your trusted technician to assess and repair the issue.

Take good care of your HVAC unit so you can continue to live in comfortable interior climate conditions, even when the outdoor climate is on a rampage. For more information and tips to prepare your HVAC system to withstand severe weather, contact us today.

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