With a little preparation, you can ensure your HVAC system runs smoothly during and after a storm. Here are a few tips to best protect your HVAC system against Southwest Florida storms and hurricanes:
- Add Extra Protection to Your Outdoor Unit
Your outdoor HVAC unit is the most likely place your HVAC system will sustain damage. To protect your outdoor HVAC unit during the storm, strap your unit down tightly and keep it covered. You can secure your unit with hurricane straps to prevent any movement during the storm. Additionally, covering your unit with a tarp (or better yet– plywood) can help prevent debris from hitting or getting stuck in your HVAC unit.
- Shut It Down or Invest in a Generator
For a large storm or hurricane that could affect your power, ensure you have steps in place to prevent damage to your HVAC unit. Electrical surges can fry your HVAC systems electronic components. If you don’t have a whole home generator that powers up when the electricity goes down, it’s best to just turn off your HVAC system until the storm is over.
- Get Your System Checked Well Before The Storm
The best way to ensure your HVAC unit will weather the storm is by getting a maintenance check by a qualified HVAC technician before the storm hits. If your HVAC unit is in proper working order before the storm, it has a much better likelihood of surviving any upcoming weather event. The trained HVAC technicians at Gilman Cooling and Heating will take steps like tightening loose components and sealing areas where water could enter your unit. To schedule your HVAC system’s maintenance, call 239-574-7780 or contact Gilman Cooling and Heating online.