With hurricane season in full force and Hurricane Irma knocking on the Lowcountry’s door, listed below are a few quick things you can do to help protect your HVAC system during the storm’s worst conditions.
1. Shut Off Electrical Breaker
Before you head away from your home, be sure to find and shut off the electrical breaker that runs your air conditioning system and/or any other hvac equipment. This will reduce the chances of electrical damage to your system and blown circuits when power returns to your area. Also, when you return to your home, don’t immediately turn that breaker back on unless you’re sure your system is away from flooding and dried out.
2. Remove Loose Objects
Look around your outdoor unit and try to remove any loose objects that potentially could damage your system in high wind situations. Wind damage is one of the biggest reasons for storm damage so put away anything that may go airborne and damage your system and/or your home.
3. Cover Your Unit
If you have a tight cover for your unit, be sure to use it and secure it tightly. If you’re lucky enough to have your system elevated off the ground, that’s even better and should help it avoid any potential flooding. Your can also board up your system after you turn it off for even more protection.
Whether we face the full brunt of Hurricane Irma or not, following these simple steps for protecting your HVAC system during a hurricane can help you for potential future storms as well. As always, if you need help with your system, don’t hesitate to give us a call: 843.870.2076.