The 2017 hurricane season is right around the corner. It officially runs from June 1st- November 20th. According to many official forecasts, there will be an above-average number or storms. The predictions are that there will be a total of 11 names storms and four hurricanes (predictions by The Tropical Meteorology Project from Colorado State University). As Florida residents we know that it is important to take hurricanes seriously. Many consider the preparations that need to be taken for a potential storm- things like adequate food, sufficient battery supply, alternative power sources such as generators, and candles top the list. But what about your cooling system? Is your AC ready for this hurricane season? Space Age Cooling and Heating wants your AC to survive the storm. So we put together a list of some tips to help you protect your AC from a hurricane.
How to Prepare Your AC for a Hurricane
Despite we may have many predictions and forecasts about this coming hurricane season, the truth is- no one really knows what will happen. Thankfully, tropical storms and hurricanes make their presence known before they hit home, so you have time to prepare. Here are some of the things you can do before the storm strikes:
Clear your AC unit from any debris and remove potential flying objects
Look for things like patio furniture, potted plants, bikes, grills tools and other objects that can fly causing any damage. It’s the best to keep those items in a safe place and secured- you can bring them inside or store them in your garage. Cut any tree limbs that may potentially be dangerous to your AC unit as well as your roof, windows and anything else around your house.
Set your thermostat to run a few degrees cooler.
By doing it, you will cool off your house before the storm or hurricane comes as you will need to turn your AC off during the actual storm.
Turn off your AC during the storm.
Erratic power conditions along with lightening strikes and outages can wreak havoc on your AC if it is turned on so, while it may be tempting, keep the air conditioner off. The stress of fluctuating power can really mess up key components of your unit like the air compressor and long after the storm has passed you may have to spend big bucks to replace them.
Cover your AC unit with a tarp or homemade plywood structure
Even if you clear your area from potential debris, extreme wind can cause debris to fly from anywhere else and strike your outdoor AC Unit. Covering it with a tarp can help prevent damage from such flying debris. Just make sure you turn your AC off before covering it.
If you have a window ac unit, remove the unit and seal the opening.
If necessary, secure your outdoor air conditioner with hurricane straps.
This will help to protect your air conditioning from flying away in the event of strong winds.
Get a backup generator
In the event of power outage caused by a storm or hurricane, a backup generator will help you to run your AC and keep your home cool.
Heating and Cooling Repairs After the Hurricane
After the storm passes and it is safe to go outside, make sure you inspect your AC unit before turning it on. Never turn on your air conditioning right a way. Here are couple of things you should do first:
- Make sure your AC unit wasn’t under the water.
- Remove the tarp or plywood structure and inspect for any signs of damage
- Remove any debris around the AC unit.
- Inspect electrical lines running from your AC
If there is any sign of damage or you are not sure- it’s best to have your unit inspected by a professional. Running air conditioner with a problem may be destructive to your unit and cause a lot of problems. Not to mention that heating and cooling repairs may be very expensive. At Space Age Cooling we are here to help if you need to have your unit inspected or if you need any repairs. We offer heating and cooling repairs in the following areas: Melbourne, Satellite Beach, Melbourne Beach, Cocoa Beach, Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, South Patrick Shores and surrounding beachside areas. You can contact us for your free estimate.
Turn your AC on as soon as it is safe to do so to prevent the growth of mold in the unit and ductwork systems. High humidity and increased heat bode well for the growth of bacteria and mold and you want to stifle that environment as soon as you can. Plus, you and your family will relish the cool air after a few hours or days without it. Hurricane season can be devastating and very stressful time for you and your family. Preparing ahead of times can release some of that stress and save you a lot of money afterwards.
We are definitely experiencing the dog days of summer here in Florida. If you haven’t noticed the heat outside then perhaps higher than average electric bills have clued you in to the dramatic heat and change in season. Did you know that the filters you use in your home along with the timespan between changing them could make an impact on your electric bills?
Space Age Cooling and Heating services all of Brevard County HVAC with expertise and integrity. Our staff is highly trained and knowledgeable. If you have questions concerning your cooling system we have answers. We’ve got some tips for you to keep your cooling unit running smoothly and, in turn, your home more comfortable and bills lower during the stifling summer heat we experience here on the Space Coast.
It helps to know the purpose of an air filter before you begin the selection process. Air filter help filter the air and catch particulates and pollutants before they make their way into your cooling system. Pretty simple. However, these devices are crucial to an effective cooling unit and to the health of your indoor air. The longer a filter is in place the more gunk, layman’s term here, builds up. This means decreased airflow for you and more work for your air conditioner. All this adds up to higher bills and a few simple changes in how you approach your filters can make all the difference.
Choose the Proper Filter
When it comes to home air filter there are several options available. Our advice: cheaper isn’t always better. You need to assess the needs of those residing within your home and then make a choice. Is anyone suffering from a respiratory disorder? Are members of your home susceptible to allergies from things like dog and cat hair, dust, or mold? These are all things that need to be considered when choosing a filter.
Choose a Filter with a higher MERV (Minimum Efficiency Rating Value) Number
Don’t get bogged down by the acronym. MERV ratings are a standard by which filters are judged based on their ability to filter out particulates. MERV ratings go from 1 to 20. The higher the number the more they filter out.
While it may seem wise to choose a filter with the highest rating, doing so may not be wise for your home. It is generally accepted that filters with a MERV rating between 8 and 13 are suitable for home air filtration. Institutions such as medical clinics and hospitals opt for higher ratings between 14 and 20 for obvious reasons. If your filter is restraining too much it can negatively impact your cooling system and that can spell trouble in the long run.
Change Your Filters On Time
There isn’t an industry standard when it comes to changing out your air filter but a simple rule of thumb is every 60 days or so. If you have pets or high volume traffic in your home this number could be different. No matter the elapsed time, if your filter is dirty change it. It just makes sense to do so.
We all know about the potential dangers of polluted air from the outside environment. Two contributors to air pollution in particular are the most hazardous to humans according to the American Lung Association: Smog and Particle Pollution. Particle Pollution is, in simplistic terms, a mixture of solids and drops of liquid hanging around in the air.
Exhaust from busted tailpipes is an example. Smog, otherwise known as ozone, is invisible, silent, and deadly. And all of this is waiting you just outside your front door. Don’t let debris from outside effect the air quality within your home.
As your Brevard County air conditioning contractor we invest in your health and that of your HVAC unit. We know there are factors outside of your control when it comes to air quality and we want to provide you with viable options you can do within your home to keep your air clean.
Install A Carbon Monoxide Detector
Carbon Monoxide is a deadly danger to homeowners and you and your family could be at risk and be absolutely oblivious about it. Installing a carbon monoxide detector can help keep your family safe and alert you to this odorless poisonous gas.
Leaky roofs, less than airtight seals, and cracked foundations are all contributors to the humidity level in your home. Keeping humidity down increases your air quality and reduces the likelihood of developing a mold issue.
Choose the Proper Air Filter
Air filters allow for particles such as pet dander and hair, dirt, and debris to be caught before entering your cooling unit. Less junk in the air means superior air quality. Make sure the filter you choose is designed for your needs. If you have questions please call Space Age Cooling and Heating. We can assist you in finding the correct fit and remember our service calls are always free.
Routine AC Maintenance
If your cooling system is not functioning properly, it affects more than the temperature in your home. The quality of air inside will diminish and, the thing is, you can avoid it by having a maintenance plan. We can come out and check your unit and its parts before small problems become big issues.
Keep Chemicals Outside
Store toxic chemicals outside away from the inside of your home. Speaking of toxicity, make sure the paint you use in your home has a low volatile compound count. The paint you use can play a big role in your overall health so choose wisely.
Air quality is one of the most important things to protect when it comes to the health of your family and Space Age Cooling and Heating wants to help keep you safe. Contact us today regarding the purity of air in your home.