How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm
When a storm is on its way, make sure your HVAC equipment is primed with these tips from Kingston Home Services by Enercare.
- Protect Your System from the Surge
Invest in a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, like a furnace, are plugged into a common wall outlet, to automatically shut down your equipment if there’s a spike in the line voltage. Also, never to touch any electrical components, and ask for an expert’s help if you are not familiar with using surge protectors.
- Make Sure Everything is Anchored
Confirm your outdoor equipment is installed on a concrete pad and properly secured to avoid the equipment from being tossed in the air or washing away in a storm. If your area is prone to hurricanes, use hurricane straps to project your equipment from high winds.
- Cover Your Equipment (If Possible)
The safety of you and your family is priority, but if time will let you, turn off your heating and air conditioning system and cover the outdoor unit with a tarp. Make sure you remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your unit back on following a storm.
Once the storm has passed, ensure the system is safe before turning it back on. First, confirm there are no indications of damage and clean any debris from around the system. Call Kingston Home Services by Enercare for a system inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the unit. Once you’ve had an inspection by a professional, turn the equipment back on right away to help dry the home and limit mold from getting into the unit or ductwork.
If your equipment has suffered any damage, check out these suggestions on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Kingston Home Services by Enercare and learn about our membership plans to help keep your HVAC equipment in working order all year long.