Now that hurricane season is here, you need to make sure that your HVAC system and home have adequate protection. Preparing and safeguarding your HVAC system can save you from costly repairs and potential discomfort during and after the storm. Here are some essential steps to consider for hurricane season HVAC prep in Gretna, LA.
1. Clear the Surroundings
Inspect the area around your outdoor unit before a hurricane hits. Remove any loose branches, debris, or objects that could potentially become airborne projectiles in high winds. Trim nearby trees and shrubs to minimize the risk of falling branches damaging your system.
2. Secure Outdoor Equipment
Hurricanes generate powerful winds that can topple or dislodge outdoor HVAC units. Securely fasten your outdoor equipment to a concrete pad, or secure it with hurricane straps to prevent it from blowing away or shifting during a storm.
3. Elevate Your Outdoor Equipment
If you live in an area prone to flooding, consider elevating your outdoor HVAC unit on a raised platform or concrete blocks. This extra height can help prevent damage to your system during flooding.
4. Have a Backup Power Source
A backup generator can be a lifesaver during a hurricane-induced power outage. It allows you to run essential appliances, including your HVAC system, until the power returns. Make sure your generator is installed correctly, fueled, and regularly maintained.
5. Schedule Pre- and Post-Storm Inspections
Contact a professional HVAC technician to inspect your system before and after the storm. They can identify any potential issues, perform necessary maintenance and ensure that your HVAC system is in optimal condition.
Preparing your HVAC system and home for hurricane season is essential for your equipment’s comfort, safety, and longevity. Don’t wait until the storm hits! Call our team at Bryans United Air Conditioning today to schedule your hurricane season HVAC prep.
Image provided by iStock