Hurricane season lasts from the first day of June to the last day of November. Since the peak of the season occurs during the hottest part of the year, you’ll also be using your HVAC system to keep you cool. Therefore, you need to know how to keep it safe. Below are four steps to hurricane-proof your HVAC system in Orange Park, FL.
Cool Your Home Beforehand
Since it’s common to experience power outages with hurricanes, it helps to cool your home beforehand. Close the blinds, curtains and turn down your air conditioner thermostat to a temperature lower than your normal. Once you cool your home, the temperatures should remain comfortable during the storm.
Raise and Secure Outdoor Unit
Even if you don’t live in a flood zone, it’s always a good idea to raise and secure your outdoor unit. Florida has a building code requiring new HVAC systems in flood zones raised to minimize damage during high water events. You can also raise your existing HVAC system to protect it.
Remove Loose Objects
Another thing to do before the storm hits is to check your yard and surrounding area for loose objects. This includes tree debris, toys, lawn furniture, outdoor appliances and anything else that’ll become a potential problem. Then, find a secure place to store these items, such as a garage, shed or with family, friends or neighbors.
Turn Off Power and Cover Unit
Before the storm hits, turn off the breakers to your HVAC unit or turn off the gas supply if you rely on gas. Not only do wind gusts cause debris to strike your unit, but lightning causes electrical surges that damage your system. Once you cut power to your system, cover your unit with a tarp or a wind shield to keep debris out.
With hurricane season just starting, now’s the time to prepare. Contact Cool Connections, Inc. today to let us take care of your HVAC maintenance needs.
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