Brevard County is anxiously awaiting the arrival of tropical storm Erika. Currently Erika is classified as a tropical storm brewing out in the Atlantic but could reach hurricane status in the next few days and that means residents on the mainland and beachside should be prepping for the worst-case scenario.
When many consider the preparations that need to be taken for a potential storm adequate food, sufficient battery supply, alternative power sources such as generators, and candles top the list, but what about your cooling system? Have you given any thought to this important appliance and how you should prepare it for such an event?
Space Age Cooling and Heating wants your AC to survive the storm. We have some tips to keep your Melbourne FL HVAC running effectively no matter what Erika, or any other storm, may bring.
Before the Storm
Many natural disasters strike without a moments notice. Thankfully, we suppose, tropical storms and hurricanes make their presence known in the Atlantic before they hit home so you have time to prepare.
Make sure your AC unit is free from debris and remove potential flying objects as best you can before it is too late to get outside. Cut tree limbs, stow patio furniture and potted plants in a safe place, and cover your unit if possible.
Once you know the projected arrival time of the storm set your thermostat to run a few degrees cooler for a while and then turn your AC off. Will this result in a warmer home environment? In the long run, yes. However, setting your thermostat to a cooler temperature a few hours before tuning your unit off will allow for cooler air to fill your home once you turn the AC off.
During the Storm
While you may be feeling the heat inside your home do not turn your AC on. It isn’t safe first of all. 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.
After the Storm
Wait until the storm passes and it is safe to go outside and then turn on your HVAC as soon as possible. Be prepared for a delay in response time due to power disruptions that may have occurred during the downpour.
It is important to 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.
There are so many things that must be taken care of in the midst of a storm. First and foremost is the health and safety of your family. Take the necessary steps to keep your loved ones safe. This is your top priority! After that, try and remember to take into account your home appliances and cooling system.
Be safe out there Brevard!