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6 Ways To Protect A HVAC System During Hurricane Season

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The frantic moments before a hurricane arrives are the wrong time to try to prepare your HVAC system for the coming heavy winds and rain. Unfortunately, many homeowners forget about their systems until the last minute, which results in the need for significant repairs. Before hurricane season arrives, here are some of the steps you can take to prepare your system.  

  1. Unplug and remove your units. If you have any window air conditioner units in your home, remove them ahead of a storm. Leaving them in the window could potentially lead to them becoming a projectile if there are extremely high winds. They are also more likely to be damaged.  

  2. Cover your HVAC unit. Since the HVAC unit is almost immovable, you need to take measures to protect it from the rain and debris that come with a hurricane. A tarp should suffice, but you need to make sure it is securely strapped down to get the most protection. 

  3. Install whole-house surge protection. Lightning strikes are not uncommon during hurricanes, and a power surge could effectively ruin your HVAC system. A whole-house surge protector can be found at your local home improvement store.  

  4. Anchor the HVAC unit. Even though the unit is difficult to move, you should not avoid preparing for the possibility that heavy winds could push it out of place. There are specially designed straps that fit on HVAC units that you can use to keep your unit from taking flight. 

  5. Inspect your yard. Tree branches, toys, lawn equipment, and other loose items in your yard could be thrown around by the hurricane-force winds. If they are, they could strike your HVAC unit and cause damage. If you notice any loose items in your yard, take measures to secure them before the storm hits.  

  6. Switch off your breakers. If a hurricane is headed your way, turning off the breakers to the thermostat and HVAC system can further prevent damage. Once the storm has passed, you can turn the breakers back on and restart your HVAC unit, if necessary.  

If your HVAC unit has not had its annual inspection yet, schedule one before the hurricane arrives. The technician can verify that your unit is in good condition and make recommendations to help you further prepare for the hurricane season. If a hurricane does strike, consider having the unit inspected again to ensure there was no damage from the winds and rain. For additional advice on how to care for your HVAC system, contact a company like Total Comfort Heating & Air Condition.