Do you know how to protect your HVAC system from hurricanes and thunderstorms?
The warm weather is a sign that we will be seeing more thunderstorms. You can also expect that a hurricane will take place every now and then. Obviously, you cannot bring it inside once the rainy season starts. That means it has to be left outside to brave the strong winds and harsh rainfall. You need to make sure that the outdoor unit of your HVAC system is prepared to survive this season. After all, you do not want to be without your AC unit once the storm passes.
Not only that, power outages will also be in abundance. The stronger the incoming storm, the more chances that the power will go out.
What can you do?
Preparing your HVAC system is not really that hard. There are specific guidelines that you can follow in order to ensure that it will not be damaged when the lights go out because of the storm.
Turn it off
Once you know that a storm is upon you, make sure the power of your HVAC system will be turned off from the circuit breaker box. As soon as the power is out, go to the circuit breaker to turn it off. It does not matter if the storm is not expected to be big or last for a long time. Turning it off will protect the whole unit from a power surge. Not only that, any lightning strikes will not damage any of your electrical appliances. Any portable AC unit should also be unplugged.
Inspect your generator
Ideally, you want to check out the backup generator before the storm hits. That way, if you lose power, you and your family will remain comfortable because the basic appliances and equipment will be powered. You have to realize that when the power goes out, it will take time to have it restored by the power company. The generator will help you survive the aftermath of the hurricanes that will knock the power out.
Place a cover over your outdoor unit
Thunderstorms and hurricanes always come with very strong winds. These winds can bring debris and sometimes, they can be very big. You want to make sure the outdoor unit of your HVAC system is protected. You can use a tarp to cover it – as long as it is big enough to cover until the bottom. Make sure the cover is secured and will not fly away when the strong winds blow.
Check the unit before turning it on
Once the hurricane or thunderstorm has passed, do not be quick to turn it back on. Even if the power is back, you need to check your HVAC system before turning it on. The first thing that you have to do is to check the outdoor unit for any damages – like dents or anything that has come loose. Clear out any debris that may have landed on it. If you suspect that there is a problem, call a professional to work on it as soon as possible.
If you really want your HVAC system to be prepared for the season of hurricanes and thunderstorms, have a professional check it out. While there are things that you can accomplish yourself, a professional can see things that you cannot. It all comes with the expertise. So if you have the budget for it, have a professional look over your HVAC unit – ideally before the summer season officially starts.