How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm
When a storm is coming, make sure your HVAC equipment is prepared with these recommendations from .
- Protect Your System from the Surge
Purchase a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, such as a furnace, are plugged into a typical wall outlet, to automatically turn off your HVAC appliances if there’s a spike in the line voltage. Also, never to touch any electrical components, and ask for a professional’s help if you need help assistance with surge protectors.
- Make Sure Everything is Anchored
Confirm your outside A/C equipment is installed on a concrete pad and properly secured to avoid the equipment from being launched in the air or washing away in a storm. If your area is prone to hurricanes, use hurricane straps to keep your equipment safe from high winds.
- Cover Your Equipment (If Possible)
The well-being of you and your family is priority, but if time permits, turn off your heating and air conditioning system and cover the outdoor system with a tarp. You must remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your system back on at the end of a storm.
When the storm has passed, ensure the system is safe before starting it back up. First, verify there are no indicators of damage and clean any debris from around the equipment. Call for an inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the equipment. Once you’ve had the system inspected by a professional, turn the equipment back on right away to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into the equipment or ductwork.
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