If you are worried about hurricane season, one thing that you could be worried about is your heating and air conditioning system. These are a few things that you should remember in regards to your HVAC system when there is the potential for a hurricane to hit your area.
Invest in a Generator
For one thing, it is a good idea for you to think about investing in a generator to help you prepare for hurricane season. Of course, a standby unit is a great investment, but it can be costly. Buying a portable generator can be enough for you to keep your HVAC system running in the event of a power outage, and it can also be used for things like keeping the food in your refrigerator and freezer nice and cold in the hours or days after a hurricane. Just make sure that you have plenty of fuel on hand since getting to a fuel station might be difficult or impossible after a storm.
Protect Your Outside Unit from Damage
Next, you should think about how your outside unit can be affected by a hurricane. For example, debris that gets blown around can get stuck in your outdoor unit and cause many problems. Additionally, flying debris could cause dents, dings, and other damage. Trimming your trees, cleaning up your yard -- including around your outdoor unit -- and bringing items that could be blown around inside can help you prevent this damage and can make after-storm clean up a whole lot easier.
Work with a Professional
Lastly, you might need professional help with your HVAC system after a hurricane. For example, if your outdoor unit is submerged in water because of a flood, it's important not to operate it until you have it checked out by a pro. Otherwise, there could be a risk of electrical shock, or your system could be destroyed. Additionally, if the inside of your home floods, you have to worry about mold and mildew growing in your ductwork and elsewhere throughout your home. An HVAC professional should be able to help you with all of these problems so that you can get back to using your system as soon as possible.
As you can see, there are a few things that you will want to remember before, during and after a hurricane when it comes to your heating and air conditioning unit. If you follow these tips and work with the right professional, you can help minimize the effects that a hurricane has on your heating and air conditioning system. For more information, contact your local HVAC repairs professional.