Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

Sometimes it feels like storm season is all year. Spring comes through with rain storms and tornadoes, while summer starts the hurricane season. Before the Atlantic hurricane season ends in November, blizzards are upon the north. Last month the rains wreaked havoc on our loved ones in Louisiana. The well-being of your family during perilous storms should invariably be priority. But even while the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still want to be sure that your home and family stay safe. Check out these recommendations for preparing your home’s heating and air conditioning equipment for storm season.

Secure Your Air Conditioning

Your outdoor AC equipment should be installed on a concrete pad and properly secured to keep the system from going airborne or washing away in a storm. If you reside in a climate that produces hurricanes, it may be necessary to fasten your equipment with hurricane straps to protect the system from high winds. Ask your expert technician about anchoring your home’s air conditioning system during your Precision Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t actually stop the surge that often occurs during a storm, but you can shield your Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment from it. Get a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, like a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically shut down your heating system if there’s an increase in the line voltage. This will help shield the electrical components in your HVAC equipment that the power surge could harm. Make sure you never touch any electrical components, and seek expert help if you are not familiar with using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

You and your family need to find shelter first and foremost, but if there is time, shut off your HVAC system and cover the outside system with a tarp. Before turning your system back on after the storm, you must remove the tarp and get rid of any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

After the storm ends, make sure the system is safe before turning your heating and cooling system back on. First, verify there are no signs of damage and remove any debris from around the system. Try to check and make sure there is no apparent harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioning system. Call 403-279-5760 for an equipment inspection if seems like there is any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the equipment checked by an expert to ensure safe function, turn the HVAC system back on ASAP to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into your system or ductwork.

If your equipment has suffered any damage, check out these suggestions on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and find out about our membership options to help keep your heating and air conditioning system in working order all year long.