When the storm season comes to the Goose Creek, SC area, you will want to make sure that you’re prepared. Big storms can cause damage to any home HVAC system. Here is how you can prepare your HVAC system for a storm system.
Pre-Cool Your Home Before the Storm
If you anticipate that a storm is going to knock out power to your home, then you will have to contend with elevated temperatures. To help mitigate the possible rise in your home’s temperature, you can pre-cool your home. Set your thermostat to a cooler temperature, close the blinds, and keep windows and doors closed.
Turn Off Electricity to Your HVAC System
Lighting strikes during a storm can cause damage to your HVAC system. There is also a chance that flying debris can get caught in the HVAC system and burn out the motor. To prevent these types of damage, consider turning off your HVAC system before the storm arrives.
Cover Your Outdoor HVAC Unit
If there is a tropical storm or hurricane headed to the Goose Creek, SC area, and you are evacuating, then you may want to protect your HVAC unit from flying debris. Use bungee tarps and plywood to protect your HVAC unit from flying debris. Be sure to remove the tarp as soon as it is safe and don’t try to run your system with the tarp on.
Check for Damage Before Turning the Unit Back On
When the storm passes, you will want to inspect the unit before you turn it on. Be sure to check for any flooding or debris stuck inside the outside compressor unit. If there appears to be damaged, do not turn on the unit. Have the unit professionally serviced before using it again?
Don’t let a big storm damage your HVAC system. Consider our advice and call us with any questions. To arrange for heating service, contact Acute Heating & Cooling today.