Living in Florida gives us the privilege to say that we live where others
vacation, but we also deal with our fair share of inclement weather, like
tropical storms and hurricanes.
Depending on the strength of the storm, we have to take precautions to
protect our families and our homes. Having a hurricane kit ready is important,
but what many homeowners forget to consider when preparing for a hurricane
is to protect their air conditioners. We’ll tell you how and why
you should, here.
How to Hurricane Proof an AC
We board our windows, bring in plants and patio furniture, and even stock
up on non-perishables and flashlights, but how do we take care of the
AC unit that sits
outside in the middle of the storm? Even though strong hurricanes can cause power
outage, we have to protect our air conditioners for the calm after the
storm, which is when we will need them the most. Here are four easy ways
to hurricane proof your
air conditioning system:
1. Turn off your air conditioner. Even though we dread the humidity and heat that come from being without
air conditioning, we must consider the dangers of having it running during
a power surge.
2. Seal duct openings. Make sure to seal any unit or duct openings, especially if these exhaust
through a window.
3. Cover your system. Cover your AC unit with a tarp to protect it from debris that could be
lifted and thrown around due to the high-speed winds. This could include
small tree branches, dirt, pebbles and even small objects that may be
projected during the storm.
4. Secure your system. If the strength of the hurricane is severe, prepare beforehand by securing
your unit down with straps to avoid it from dislodging in the midst of
strong winds. Moving your AC after the storm has passed could not only
injure you, but it could also damage your unit if not done properly.
Ask the Experts at Phoenix Air Conditioning
If you’re unsure how to properly secure and protect your air conditioning
unit, don’t hesitate to reach out to the technicians at Phoenix
give us a call today or schedule your Palm Beach County air conditioning service