The Basics of HVAC Hurricane Care for Your Florida Home
Since hurricane season lasts from June 1 to November 30 each year, preparing for these dangerous storms is essential to protect yourself, your family and your property. Taking steps to protect your home HVAC system is an important step in this process. Here are some guidelines that can help you protect your home and your HVAC equipment before, during and after major storms in the state of Florida.
Preparing for Potential Hurricane Conditions
If your home is in the path of a major tropical storm or a hurricane, taking a few simple HVAC hurricane care precautions can provide added safety for your family and your property:
- Placing a tarp or protective plastic over your outdoor unit and securing it to the ground with bolts will help to prevent most kinds of damage to this HVAC component. Hurricane straps can also provide added stability for your outdoor condenser or compressor.
- Turning off the power to your air conditioning unit will provide some protection against power surges caused by the storm.
- If your home has an indoor furnace, shutting off the gas supply is a necessary step in your HVAC hurricane care process.
Riding Out the Storm
If evacuation orders are issued, it is essential that you and your family seek shelter away from the path of the storm. If you must shelter at home during a hurricane or tropical storm, however, find a small windowless room on the lowest level of your home to provide the greatest protection for you and your family. Do not run your HVAC unit during the storm. Instead, small battery-powered fans can help you to stay cool during this difficult time.
Assessing the Damage
Once the storm has passed, it is essential to take precautions not to be injured when investigating the damage to your home and your HVAC system. Contacting your local HVAC company for an inspection before you switch on your cooling system will protect you and your family against injuries you might otherwise sustain during the cleanup phase.
At North American Ductless AC Systems (NADACS), we offer the most advanced mini-split AC systems and solutions for homes throughout the state of Florida. We can provide you with practical guidance on HVAC hurricane care and can deliver the most cost-effective solutions for your home and your family. To learn more about our exclusive lineup of ductless mini-split systems, give us a call today at (954) 514-7361 or email our team at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to the opportunity to serve your cooling needs now and in the future.