While it’s easy to get caught up in the beauty that is Auburndale, FL, during the summer, it’s important that you don’t forget that we’ll be officially in hurricane season. When you’re making your hurricane prep plan for the year, you mustn’t forget your HVAC system. Knowing how to protect your HVAC system from the storms that pass through our area can help ensure that your system is ready to run when the storm passes.

Secure the Outdoor Unit

It may seem unlikely, but the hurricane-force winds associated with this time of year have the potential to pick up your outdoor unit. It would take extreme wind gusts to move something as heavy as an outdoor HVAC unit, but it’s entirely possible. Having your system strapped down with hurricane-grade straps is the best way to keep everything in place during the storms.

Know Where the Power Supply Is

It’s also important that you have a plan in place to cut the power to your HVAC system whenever a hurricane blows through. At a time when every second matters, you need to know exactly where your HVAC system’s power supply is, so you can power it down to help protect it during a storm.

Remove Nearby Debris

Even if the winds that blow through our area aren’t strong enough to move your HVAC system itself, you should be sure that there is no debris lying around the unit. Sticks, lawn furniture and other items thrown into your outdoor unit can do significant damage, creating the need for AC repair. Make sure that the area around your HVAC system is clear during hurricane season.

Once the storms are over, you should allow one of our service technicians to inspect your unit to make sure it didn’t suffer any damage. Call us at Wards Air Conditioning, today for more information about storm-proofing your system and all our other HVAC services.

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