Hurricanes & Your HVAC
June is right around the corner, and we understand that hurricane season might not have crossed your mind… YET. But it’s always better to be ahead of the curve and, in this case, you don’t want to get caught in the rain trying to prepare your HVAC system for a hurricane at the last second.
As May comes to a close, you’ll want to start to prepare for the upcoming season by learning about hurricane maintenance for your HVAC system sooner rather than later when the first named system is about to barrel its way to the Sunshine State.
Here’s what you need to know about how to take care of your HVAC should a hurricane head your way:
Cool Your Home First
You definitely should not be trying to cool your home in the middle of a hurricane. Be sure to cool your home by several degrees prior to the storm hitting the area. Once set to the proper indoor temperature, you’ll want to turn off the electricity and/or unplug your unit in order to avoid the danger that accompanies power surges and lightning strikes.
Secure Your Outdoor Unit
You don’t want the hurricane-force winds to take your outdoor unit with it, so be sure to get outside and secure all of the bolts around your HVAC system’s base and consider investing in condenser straps. If flooding is a concern in your home’s area, see if there is any way that you might elevate your unit in a timely manner. Finally, if there are any other pieces of unsecured outdoor equipment, be sure to bring them inside.
Before The Storm Checklist
- Turn off your breakers — this includes your indoor air handler, furnace, AC system, and heat pump
- Turn off your gas
- Double check your outdoor unit, as stated above.
After The Storm Checklist
- Do not turn on your HVAC system immediately following the storm. First, have it inspected by a professional.
- Conduct a basic, preliminary inspection yourself. Look to see if your unit has experienced any external damage. If there are carbon deposits, charred metal or refrigerant leaks, the area around the unit is hazardous and you need to stay away from it.
- Follow this specific item-by-item safety guide provided by The Air-Conditioning, Heat and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) following Hurricane Sandy.
When you get through several hurricane seasons without too many hiccups, it can be easy to feel increasingly lax about storm preparation. But even if the greater Jacksonville area isn’t hit directly, it is still widely susceptible to flooding, as well as both the storm and power surges that are associated with a hurricane’s outer bands. Hurricane preparation is crucial and arming yourself with knowledge is the best way to enter June this year.
If you have any other questions about maintaining or improving your HVAC system prior to the start of the 2019 hurricane season, be sure to contact us at Bold City Heating and Air today. We’ll ensure that you don’t just experience the bold difference — but the safe one as well!