Ways To Protect Your Air Conditioner From Tropical Storms And Hurricanes


Hurricane season isn't over just yet, which means you can expect to see plenty of severe storm activity between now and the end of November. Not only do you want to protect your home and its contents, but also your air conditioning system. Despite being built to handle Mother Nature's slings and arrows, A/C systems can still suffer catastrophic damage in the wake of a powerful storm.

Preparedness is an essential part of keeping your air conditioner and the rest of your home safe. Keep reading and learn a few solid pointers on protecting your A/C unit from hurricane-force winds.

1. Make Sure Your A/C Unit Is Locked in Place

Strong winds can lift and dislodge A/C units without the right anchors in place. Rooftop-mounted units are especially susceptible given their location. Hurricane straps bolted to each corner of your system's outdoor cabinet will keep your unit anchored in place.

2. Invest in a Surge Protector

Losing electricity isn't your only worry during severe weather. Electrical spikes and power surges can also cause serious damage to electronics throughout your home—including your A/C system. Damage from a lightning strike or any other electrical surge can cost thousands of dollars to fix, especially if your A/C system is no longer under warranty.

Surge protectors aren't just for the small appliances in your home. Your HVAC technician can install one directly on your A/C system, giving it ample protection when things get hairy. Many surge protectors come with lifetime warranties of their own for greater peace of mind.

3. Cover the A/C Unit Before the Storm

Tree branches, rocks and other debris kicked up by high winds can pose a threat to your A/C system. If a tropical storm or hurricane doesn't fill your A/C cabinet with debris, wind-aided impacts can leave dents and other damage on the cabinet's surface.

If you're expecting hurricane-force winds to reach your home, cover your A/C unit before the storm makes landfall. If you don't have a dedicated cover for your A/C unit, place a thick tarp or a sturdy piece of plywood over the unit. Make sure your cover is properly secured so it doesn't go anywhere during the storm.

Don't forget to uncover your A/C unit after the storm safely passes. Leaving your A/C unit covered for too long could encourage mold and mildew growth due to the moisture trapped within.

4. Don't Use Your A/C System During the Storm

Debris strikes, floods and power surges can make using your A/C system during severe storms a dicey choice. If you're worried about keeping your home cool and comfortable during the storm, lower your thermostat a few degrees a few hours before making your preservation plans. Your home will keep its cool for a bit longer and you'll have fewer worries about your A/C system.

For more information, contact an air conditioning service in your area.


4 September 2019

Keeping up With Maintenance Between HVAC Inspections

Working with HVAC contractors is an important part of being a homeowner. Not only do your contractors ensure that a new system you buy is properly installed, but they also ensure optimal performance throughout the years through a series of regular inspections, maintenance services, and repairs. But there are lots of things you can do in between your contractor's visits to ensure that your HVAC investment is always in tip top condition, aside from cleaning out the air filters. After working with my dad for more than a decade in the HVAC business, I've put together a few methods homeowners can use to maintain a well working system, and I have published those tips and tricks right here on this blog. I hope some of the information you find here helps you on your journey as a homeowner!