Hurricane Season!! What do we do to prepare our HVAC system ?
Protect Your System from the Surge-Purchase a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, for example, a furnace, are plugged into a typical wall outlet, to automatically shut down your system if there’s a increase in the line voltage. Also, don’t touch any electrical components, and ask for a technician’s help if you are not familiar with using surge protectors.
Make Sure Everything is Anchored-Confirm your outside cooling equipment is installed on a concrete pad and safely secured to avoid the equipment from being thrown in the air or washing away throughout the course of 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 safety of you and your family is priority, but if time will let you, shut off your heating and air conditioning system and cover the outdoor unit with a tarp. Be sure to remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your unit back on at the end of a storm.
Check For Damage- Once the storm has passed, ensure the system is safe before turning it back on. First, confirm there are no signs of damage and clean any debris from around the system. Call Douglas Mechanical Services for a system inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the equipment. Once you’ve had the equipment inspected by a professional, turn the heating and cooling system back on right away to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into the system or ductwork.