As we all know hurricane season is in full force and tearing through the Atlantic with a vengeance this year. With the devastating damage occurring throughout the east coast, Florida, Keys and Texas, it makes those of us in the greater Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery County, PA areas much more concerned about what we can do to be prepared.
Hurricanes are, to a very great degree, destructive. Most homeowners and residents already know to stock up on water, nonperishable foods, flashlights, batteries, and stormproof your home. However, most people simply forget about their HVAC systems. HVAC Philly put together some tips to help you protect your home and HVAC systems before and after the storm to help you keep your family safe during hurricane season.
Before the Storm
Prevention is crucial when it comes to protecting your home and HVAC systems during the hurricane season.
Home and business owners invest a significant amount of money to install and maintain their systems. By not taking precautions to secure your HVAC system to remain unaffected by the storm or with minimal damage, it will cost hundreds even thousands of dollars to repair or replace the unit. Here are some tips to get your HVAC system ready before the storm hits.
- Have a professional HVAC technician, like our experts at HVAC Philly, come out to perform a maintenance check on your systems.
- If the current climate is warm enough that you need to use the A/C, cool your home as much as possible before the storm since you are not able to use it during it. If you are using a window A/C unit, unplug and remove it before you seal the opening.
- Secure you’re A/C unit or any HVAC components are secured to the base using either hurricane straps or a protective cage. Put a tarp over your A/C unit to help keep any loose debris and objects from damaging the unit.
- Remove any loose debris and items around the unit to prevent any impact damage as well as trim any trees that can break free during the storm.
- In case the storm knocks your power out, purchase a generator to use until the power comes back on.
During the Storm
Even with preparing and prepping before the storm hits, when the storm is actively striking your home, there is still work to be done. It is most important, to prevent damage to the unit during the storm, that you turn off the circuit breakers for HVAC equipment.
After the Storm
Once the storm has passed, follow these steps to make sure your unit is running properly.
- Step outside and check your equipment for any damage like dents or dings so that you know if you have to take any action. If you feel that something is obstructing your system and preventing your unit from working properly, contact HVAC Philly before you turn your unit back on.
- Switch your breakers back on and make sure you restart your unit slowly while monitoring the equipment for any unusual noises.
- If you removed your window A/C unit or any outdoor furniture, feel free to put the items back into place.
- If any flooding occurs on the inside or outside of your heating and air conditioning units, never restore power to the system or turn the thermostat on until you have a qualified HVAC technician inspect your equipment. It’s best to call HVAC Philly to schedule a system inspection on your unit.
Whether it’s hurricane season or not, it is important to schedule an annual maintenance tune-up for your HVAC system to make sure it’s working efficiently. Give HVAC Philly a call at (215)725-6111 to schedule your annual maintenance tune-up or if you have any questions.
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