5 Steps To Prepare Your Air Conditioner For Hurricane, Storm & Other Natural Disasters
It’s early September and the hurricane season is on. In the United States, From June to November is considered the Atlantic Hurricane season. But these natural disasters don’t follow any schedule. So, our best odd is to be prepared for such and not wait out to see how things turn out to be. This preparation includes many phases but today we will only talk about protecting your Air Conditioner in such a time – mainly because we are not qualified enough to talk about disaster safety for humans and animals among other things. Let the professionals handle their departments. We are HVAC experts and we will keep our suggestion strictly close to the HVAC system.
That being said, here are 5 Steps To Prepare Your Air Conditioner For Hurricane, Storm & Other Natural Disasters5 Steps To Prepare Your Air Conditioner For Hurricane, Storm & Other Natural Disasters by Rifat
Please note these 6 steps will not ensure the complete safety of your HVAC system. A heavy hurricane can rip roofs off, an AC is nothing compared to it. But these steps will surely minimize the damage to an extent and maybe even keep your Air Conditioner undamaged throughout the crisis.
Step 1 – Prepare your home first for a power outage
The first step is to pre-cool your home.
If you are able to predict that power outage will be an issue, it is better to pre-cool your home. You do not want your air conditioner to run during the storm to cool or air condition your home.
After you cool your home, make sure to insulate well enough so that you don’t have to worry about your AC air conditioning your home. Close the curtain, close the windows and doors and close the duct to ensure the air doesn’t leak from your home
Step 2 – Shut off your Air Conditioner
Electrical surges during the thunderstorm can cause you’re A/C to fail. That’s why don’t keep it on while the storm or hurricane.
Step 3 – Cover up the outdoor A/C unit
If there is a possibility of high winds, you should cover up the outdoor AC unit so that dirt, dust or debris don’t damage it. You can use the thick tarps or plywood to cover them.
If the cover is thick and strong enough, it can even sustain the broken tree branches and stones whirling up in the wind.
Step 4 – Make sure the outdoor AC unit securely strapped on
Covering the outdoor A/C unit won’t be enough to ensure its safety. To make sure the outdoor unit doesn’t fall off from its place, especially if you have installed it in second story or above, you need to use hurricane straps. These straps will ensure your AC stays in its place, even thorough the high wind.
Step 5 – Troubleshoot & Check for damage after the storm
After the storm or hurricane, don’t just turn your Air Conditioner, hoping to enjoy the chilled fresh breeze.
First, take a moment to analyze the situation. See what or how much damage it took. See if the unit is intact or not. If not, call the HVAC professionals and get it fixed or repair.
However, if your AC survived the havoc without taking any damage, simply turn it on and enjoy the cold breeze.
See the summary in the infographic we made – 5 Steps To Prepare Your Air Conditioner For Hurricane, Storm & Other Natural Disasters [Infographic]
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