Preparing your home for hurricane season can take time and a fair amount of effort. Aside from keeping up to date with the latest hurricane forecasts, it’s important to safeguard the parts of your home that are most at risk. This could include anything from strengthening gutters and garage doors to moving outdoor furniture and ensuring your emergency plan for hurricane season is functional.
One element of your home’s safety that can be overlooked during hurricane season or any forecast of severe weather conditions, is ensuring that your home’s air conditioning system is properly protected. There’s nothing worse than an expensive repair or replacement during a season where you want to maintain a well-circulated and cool indoor environment.
Here are some ways to prepare and protect your home air conditioning system during hurricane season, recommended to you by the experts at Art Plumbing, AC & Electric.
Preparation Is Key
Our number one tip when it comes to protecting your home and all the various electrical systems that go with it, is to be prepared and to remain alert about the latest news, especially during hurricane season. When it comes to your air conditioning unit, we strongly encourage you not to overlook preparing and taking care of it as we move into a potentially turbulent season.
Whether the forecast looks mild or severe, being prepared is essential.
Cool Your Home Down Before A Hurricane
To avoid discomfort and inconvenience during a hurricane, it might be a good idea to cool your home down before a storm hits. You can do this by closing curtains or blinds and by turning the thermostat down a few degrees to keep in and circulate the cool air.
Switch It Off
During a hurricane, it’s wise to turn your HVAC ‘off’ in order to prevent damage in inclement weather conditions. Your home’s air conditioning system is a long-term investment and can be expensive to repair or replace. That’s why the safest thing to do during a hurricane is to power the unit ‘off’ during the storm to avoid uncontrollable power surges affecting proper functioning.
Cover Your AC
To ensure your air conditioning system is well protected, we recommend covering it with some sort of structure or barrier that will keep debris from damaging it. Also remember to make sure you bring in any loose gardening tools, toys, or equipment so that they don’t end up harming the AC unit as well.
Another option is to elevate your AC unit, or to secure it to something that will prevent it from becoming loose.
After A Hurricane Has Hit
With the right preparation, your AC should be in good shape after a storm. However, we recommend you wait before immediately turning everything back on. If you want to be sure, let the experts at Art make sure your system is properly functioning first. During a hurricane, you never know what might hit your system or trigger even the smallest amount of damage.
Keep in mind that you also don’t want to wait too long before turning your air conditioning back on, this could cause more damage while sitting idle.
Generac® Whole-Home Generators
For extra peace of mind during a disaster, we recommend installing a Generac® whole-home generator. In the event that a hurricane causes your home to lose power, a whole-home generator can have you back up and running in no time! At Art, we take pride in being your best bet when it comes to all your AC, electric, and plumbing needs. We believe in adding value to your life, even during disaster seasons.
Get Help From The Experts
If you aren’t sure about the precautions you’ve taken to protect your air conditioning system before a hurricane, give one of our professionals a call to take a look and assist you in preparing. If you need someone to take a look at your AC after a storm has passed, Art Plumbing, AC & Electric is fast and reliable when it comes to air conditioning repairs and maintenance. Our technicians are well equipped with all the experience, tools, and skills required to fix your issues the first time.Give us a call today at 1-800-475-1504 and sign up for our newsletter to stay in the loop with all the latest tips and news from our headquarters.