How to Protect Your HVAC System From Bad Weather
Protecting your Jacksonville Beach, Florida, home and HVAC system from severe thunderstorms and hurricanes will help you avoid inconvenient damages and expensive repairs. Without proper preparation, hail, strong winds, or lightning could even force you to replace a damaged air conditioner. You can protect your HVAC system from bad weather by adding a cover, shutting off your system during storms, and taking care of your yard.
Covering Your AC Unit
Covering your air conditioner will help protect it from wind, hail, and flying debris. You can use a commercial AC cover or make your own with a canvas tarp or sturdy boards. Just make sure your cover is secure. Otherwise, strong winds could rip it away from the unit, creating debris that could damage other parts of your home, such as windows or doors.
Turning Off Your Air Conditioner
Before a strong storm, turn off your air conditioner to avoid power surges and lightning strikes. Either event could destroy the unit’s electrical components and even start a fire. You should turn off your air conditioner during any thunderstorm during which you see lightning. Staying at a hotel or with relatives will be much safer than running your AC during a hurricane or other severe weather, especially if an evacuation is recommended.
Taking Care of Your Yard
To minimize flying debris, trim branches near your home and your HVAC system regularly. Otherwise, a branch could fall on your air conditioner or your roof. Don’t forget about smaller objects, such as outdoor furniture, kiddie pools, or grills. A sturdy fence, hedges, or trees several feet away from your home can also help protect your unit from the wind. You can elevate your unit on a concrete slab to help prevent flood damage.
Mike Merritt’s Heating & Air is a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer, and we can help you install, maintain, and repair a variety of heating and cooling equipment. Call us anytime at 904-240-4038 for excellent service from one of our experienced technicians.