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Tips to Prepare HVAC Units for Hurricanes & Stormy Weather

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Tips to Prepare HVAC Units for Hurricanes & Stormy Weather

Hurricane season is no stranger to us here in Florida. We all probably have a checklist that we go through annually as June approaches that reminds us of the basic preparations that need to be made and what items we need to stock up on in order to survive hurricane season. One thing you may not have thought to add to that checklist is to make sure your home HVAC system is prepared for the storm. Not only does preparing your HVAC system for a storm important to help reduce the likelihood for any damage to the system, but it also helps keep you and your family safe.

 

Since hurricanes and large thunderstorms bring on high probabilities of power outages, the first thing we recommend doing when bad weather is heading your way is to cool your home before the storm hits. Turn your AC down a few degrees lower than you normally keep it and keep all of the blinds, doors, and windows closed as much as possible. As the storm gets closer, turn off the electricity or unplug your unit altogether in order to prevent damage through electrical surges from lightning strikes.

Another important step when preparing your AC Unit for hurricanes and stormy weather is to secure your outdoor unit by checking to make sure all of the bolts are tightened on the unit. Due to the high winds of these storms, AC units can be easily lifted. Making sure your unit is strapped down with hurricane or condenser straps is recommended to avoid this. If you feel that flooding will be a threat from the storm headed your way, it may be necessary to elevate your unit slightly higher than it normally sits to avoid water damage.

Lastly, make sure to bring in or secure any outdoor equipment that could fly away. Also, be sure to cover your AC unit with a tarp or plywood to protect it from flying debris like tree limbs, branches, or any other potentially hazardous objects in your nearby area. Remember, just because you’ve prepped your yard for a hurricane, does not mean your neighbor has.

After the storm, the main thing to remember is that you should not turn your air conditioning back on until you have assessed your AC unit for damage from high winds, water, or debris. If you have found any damage or you are unsure if there is a problem, call Benson’s Heating & Air Conditioning and we’ll be happy to come out and inspect and repair any damage to your unit!

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Ann Walsh
Ann Walsh
17:53 09 Oct 21
The technicians arrived promptly and identified themselves prior to coming to my home. Once here they were very courteous and used all the proper equipment to avoid any contamination. They seemed to work very efficiently together and explained what they checked on and advised the unit was working properly.The one thing I would like to mention in addition to the service is the kindness they showed in offering to sweep the leaves off my back deck.This was above and beyond and appreciated so much. Benson's can be proud to have these two stellar employees on staff. Thank you
R AN
R AN
21:56 08 Oct 21
Justin did a superb job. He kept me informed throughout the HVAC check process, and was very professional and friendly. Great job! I highly recommend Benson’s and Justin!
Hollie Myers
Hollie Myers
19:01 07 Oct 21
Just an all-around top-notch operation. Responsive to customer needs, timely, efficient, professional. I know I can count on Benson's to get the job done!
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