Here in the Kentuckiana area, summer storms are a common occurrence. From heavy rain to wind and hail, these storms can create dangerous conditions. When you are aware that a storm is approaching it is important to be sure that your heating and air conditioning equipment is ready. Read on to learn about the simple ways to prepare your HVAC system for a storm.
- The first thing that you should do is make sure that your outdoor cooling equipment is anchored down. During storms that produce heavy winds it is important that your equipment is safely secured to prevent it from moving around due to forceful winds or flooding.
- Once everything is anchored down, make sure to cover all outdoor equipment. If a storm with strong winds or tornado activity is possible, shut off your HVAC system and cover it with a tarp. Once the storm has passed, remove any debris and uncover the unit before turning it back on.
- Another way to protect your HVAC from a storm is to purchase a high-quality surge protector. If you have any heavy appliances plugged into a typical wall outlet, the surge protector will automatically shut down your system if there is an increase in the live voltage. If you are not familiar with using surge protectors call an electrician to help with installation.
- Lastly, once the storm has passed check your HVAC system for any damage. Confirm that there are no major signs of damage and clear any debris from around the outdoor unit. If your system appears that it has suffered damage or if you want to ensure that it is not flooded, call an HVAC professional to inspect the unit.