Hurricane season demands extra preparation. After all, you want to protect your home as well as your family. In addition to the usual hurricane preparations, you also need to pay special attention to your air conditioning system. So, let’s take a look at how you best prepare your air conditioning system for hurricane season 2020.
Check Your Power During Hurricane Season
If you have been through a number of hurricanes in the past, you already know that the chances are high you will lose power. However, what you might not know is that the loss of power, as well as the power surges, can cause serious damage to your HVAC system.
To avoid damage to your HVAC system, it is always recommended to turn the power off before the storm hits. After all, your HVAC system could incur serious damage if you don’t. Alternatively, you could invest in a surge arrester or other protection systems.
Sort Out Your Outdoor Unit
In addition to power surges, another common problem HVAC systems can encounter during a hurricane is damage to the outdoor unit. The outdoor unit, also known under the name condenser unit, can get hit by flying items, but could also become dislodged. So, how do you protect your outdoor unit during hurricane season?
One of the first things to do is make sure your condenser unit is completely secure. Your outdoor unit must be able to withstand strong winds, so you may have to anchor your unit to prevent it from moving.
Before you anchor your unit, make sure it is sufficiently off the ground. Hurricanes can also come with some serious rain, and you do not want your unit flooding during hurricane season. Once your unit is anchored, you also need to look at your garden, this ensures that nothing can hit your unit during a hurricane.
Remove Patio Furniture
One of the things in your garden that could seriously damage your air conditioning unit is your patio furniture. Unfortunately, there are still many people that do not secure their patio furniture or remove it during hurricane season. This can have disastrous consequences. If you have loose patio furniture in your garden or other freestanding items, it is important to remove them or secure them before hurricane season hits.
In addition to freestanding items and loose patio furniture in your garden, you also need to look at trees and large shrubbery. Weak branches can easily snap off and hit your home or your outdoor unit, so it is important to trim those branches so they do not cause any serious damage.
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