Even if the weather reports less than average hurricane this year, doesn’t mean that fewer storm will bring less damage. There are many things you need to work out to prepare your home for a tropical storms and hurricanes. Moreover, during the heavy rains you really get worried about how to protect your Air Conditioning which is an expensive investment.
Here is a list of things you should follow before the arrival of tropical storm. Getting prepared for hurricane in advance will save you a lot of time, money and unwanted aggravation.
Secure Your AC.
If you have a split Air conditioner with the outside unit on the ground. Your system should be installed on a concrete cushion and should be fastened to the concrete with tropical storm straps. This will be helpful in keeping the ventilation system from going airborne during a hurricane or storm. Most of Florida homeowners have secured their AC’s.
Ensure the AC’s Electrical Segments.
With the surges of power during the hurricane and tropical storms through your home, your air conditioning systems’s vital electrical parts can be destroyed. Therefore, you are highly recommended to install a surge protector for your cooling system. You must remember to turn off the AC system before the storm is expected to arrive.
Cover Your Air Conditioner With A Tarp.
Tropical storms can harm your objects by tossing items into different items. Regardless of the fact that your air conditioning system is completely secure, it can still be damaged from carried by the wind objects during a storm. Prior to the arrival of storm cover your cooling system with a tarp or homemade plywood structure.
Sometimes hail and debris can destroy your AC unit therefore, heavy canvas covers and hail guards can be used to protect the system. Must remember not to use your air conditioning unit until the storm has passed, and remove the cover to use it.
Must Have Sump Pump Installed In Your Basement.
If your system is located in the basement, then you need to install a sump pump to prevent the flood waters during the heavy rains. This will automatically detect the water and will start pumping the out from the basement.
Keep Your Yard Clean by trimming the trees and landscape clean so that any dirt or debris doesn’t clog the water pipes or drains.
Here are a few tips that help you protect your air conditioner after the storm has passed.
Must inspect properly before turning on your air conditioning system, and do not switch on until you are completely sure. Do not run your air conditioner with a problem, call a technician if you observe any small problem.
Quickly go through the checklist before running your Air conditioner-
- The AC was not never under water,
- Take away a tarp,
- Remove the debris or hail,
- Only run your AC in case you see no sign of damage,
- Be sure that all the electrical lines are running correctly,
In case you see single minor signs of problems, get your air conditioner checked by a professional and never try to correct it yourself(DIY is not recommended).