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Is Your HVAC System Ready For Hurricane Season?

Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30 and can result in some of the strongest storms on the planet. Hurricanes unleash strong winds, storm surges and a deluge of rain that can ravage homes and communities.

While you know how to prepare your home and family when a hurricane threatens, you should also take precautions to protect your HVAC system. When you understand how to protect your HVAC system before the storm hits and what to do afterwards, you can minimize system damage and help safeguard your family.

Prepare Your HVAC System Before the Hurricane

If your community is in the path of a hurricane (you can sign up for emergency alerts by clicking here), follow these steps to keep your HVAC equipment as safe as possible:

  • Turn off the gas supply to gas furnaces
  • Turn off breakers to your AC or heat pump and indoor air handler or gas furnace
  • Protect outdoor equipment from flying debris
  • Secure your outdoor unit by ensuring bolts are secure and tight. Use hurricane straps when possible.
  • Talk to your dealer about elevating your HVAC system

Survive During the Storm

If you are sheltering at home amid high winds, move your family to a small, windowless room or hallway on the lowest floor. In the event of flooding, ascend to your home’s highest level. However, never climb into a closed attic as you could become trapped by rising flood water. You can use a generator or battery-powered lamps and flashlights to have light even if you lose power.

To stay comfortable while your HVAC system is off, you can take several steps, such as placing a damp kitchen towel around your neck and pulling down the shades to block out sun and heat.

If you’re told to evacuate, don’t delay—evacuate immediately and be certain not to drive around barricades. Also be sure to avoid bridges over fast-moving water.

Stay Safe After the Hurricane

When the hurricane passes, you can safely assess how your home weathered the storm. If you discover water or other storm damage, you may need to replace some of your HVAC equipment. Your home’s insurance provider can help you file a claim.

It’s important that you don’t turn on your HVAC system right after the hurricane passes. Instead, contact your local Lennox® dealer to inspect your system first. An expert can determine which equipment requires repairs or needs to be replaced. 

When hurricane season hits, don’t overlook your home’s HVAC systems. Take the necessary steps to prepare before the storm and ensure your family’s safety after the storm.

How To Take Care Of Your HVAC Unit

Do you go to the doctor for a yearly checkup? Our bodies need food and water to keep going, rest to recharge us, and professional assistance for checkups and medical matters. Our AC units are the same way! Of course, HVAC units are not people. You don’t have to leave a dinner plate out for the AC. However, you do have to make sure that it gets the right fuel and checkups so that it keeps running. Otherwise, it can wear out on you, leaving you roasting in the summertime and with a big repair bill.

Have you ever been to the doctor about a medical issue and they say “Why did you wait so long to come to the doctor?”. It’s easy to push off procedures or medical appointments, but unfortunately, it can lead to a small issue getting worse. The same goes for your HVAC system. With regular maintenance, it can run well for years. But if you ignore funny smells, odd noises, and reduced performance, there could be an issue with your system that is only getting worse.

How To Take Care Of Your HVAC Unit

Here’s what you can do to take care of your HVAC unit today:

  • Clear a two-foot space around all outdoor units
  • Keep the unit clear of dirt, leaves, falling branches, etc.
  • Purchase and install a high-efficiency pleated air filter

Carefully look at your HVAC ducts for cracks and holes, which can cause a significant loss in heat/coolingWe recommend having an HVAC professional come out to inspect your unit twice a year to make sure your filters have been changed, clean soot off burners, clean the condenser coil, and check the various components of your system including electrical connections, thermostat, indoor and outdoor coils, condensation drain/pump, and more. This regular service can help keep your AC unit running smoothly and alert you if there are any potential issues. PECO’s Planned Maintenance Agreement guarantees you receive this service twice yearly as well as 10% off all repairs, no after-hours charges, and priority service. Contact us today to discuss your AC unit’s checkup!