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Prepping Your Home’s HVAC Equipment for Storms 

Sometimes it feels like storm season is all year. Spring comes through with rain storms and tornadoes, while summer kicks off hurricane season. By the time the Atlantic hurricane season comes to a close in November, snowstorms are upon the north. The welfare of your family during hazardous storms should always take priority. But even while the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still need to be sure that your home and family stay safe. See our tips for preparing your home’s cooling and heating equipment for storm season. 

Secure Your AC 

Your outside air conditioning equipment should be installed on a concrete pad and properly attached to prevent the air conditioner from going up in the air or washing away over the course of a storm. If you live in a climate that is subject to hurricanes, it may be necessary to fasten your air conditioner with hurricane straps to keep the system safe from high winds. Ask your air conditioning technician about securing your home’s AC during your Precision Tune-up. 

Stop the Surge 

You can’t actually avoid 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 safeguard the electrical components in your HVAC equipment that the power surge could damage. Be sure never to touch any electrical components, and request professional help if you are not accustomed to using surge protectors properly. 

Provide Cover 

Your family and you need to seek shelter first and foremost, but if there is time, turn off your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. Prior to turning your equipment back on after the storm, make sure you remove the tarp and clean up any debris. 

This, Too, Shall Pass 

When the storm has passed, ensure the system is safe before turning your heating and cooling system back on. To begin, verify there are no indications of damage and remove any debris from around the system. Try to examine and verify there is no visible harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioning system. Call 614-334-3192 for a system inspection if appears there has been any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the equipment checked by a technician to ensure safe function, turn the HVAC system back on as soon as possible 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 tips on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Stevenson Service Experts and learn about our membership options to help keep your heating and cooling system in working order through all the seasons. 

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