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.