How To Protect Your Air Conditioner In A Hurricane Storm

Hurricane season has already been fairly busy this year and its looking to stay just as busy until the end of the season. With Hurricane Irma threatening to hit Florida, even if it’s just along the coast, the whole state will be affected. In addition to buying water and dry goods, don’t forget to prep the rest of your home for the coming storms, including your air conditioning unit.

Before The Storm Hits

With the right preparation, your air conditioning can make it through this hurricane season without needing replacement.

  • Your air conditioner is unlikely to blow away in a storm but it can be easy damaged by a failing tree branch or debris traveling (and impacting) at a high speed. Do what you can to trim back branches near your home and air conditioning unit. Bring in any lawn furniture, lawn ornaments, or anything likely to take flight in high winds.
  • Turn off your air conditioner. On the bright side of an impending storm, humidity and temperatures drop and you air conditioner won’t need to be run during the storm to keep you and your family comfortable. Leaving the AC on during a storm can cause serious electrical damage if power is lost and restored constantly.
  • Pre-cool your home shortly before the storm is scheduled to hit. Turn the thermostat down a several degrees cooler than you normally set it. That way when the air conditioner is off, it will take longer for your house to warm.
  • Cover the air conditioner with a thick canvas cover to protect against the elements and debris. Once the storm has passed, be sure to remove this cover before turning on the air conditioner and resuming its use.

After The Storm Passes

Even after the storm has passed, precautions must be made before starting up your air conditioner again.

  • If a cover was placed over the unit, remove it. Inspect the unit thoroughly for any signs of damage. If any debris got up under the cover, clear it away. If there is noticeable damage, contact our office to have a knowledgeable technician inspect it for a full damage report.
  • Clear away any standing water or large pieces of debris that may have landed near your unit. If you were flooded and the unit was under water, call a professional before turning the unit back on. Water and electricity do not mix and you should not place yourself in any unnecessary danger.
  • If your air conditioning unit appears to be in good shape and was not flooded, turn the air back on as soon as possible. When left to sit your home, and air conditioner, are susceptible to mold and mildew, especially right after a high-moisture event such as a storm or hurricane.

If you ever have any questions regarding your air conditioner whether it is helping it survive a storm or turning it back on after the storm passes, call our office at (727) 856-4822.

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