How to Prepare Your HVAC for a Hurricane

What’s up out there, Myrtle Beach? Cool Cat coming to you with some essential 411 you need to know. The peak of hurricane season is now upon us and that means getting yourself prepared in case a major storm decides to head our way. The peak months of hurricane season are August and September, though hurricane season doesn’t end until November 30th so don’t let your guard down once September ends! Let’s check out what you need to do to get your HVAC ready in the event of a hurricane.

1. If you’re in a flood-prone area or the outdoor component of your HVAC system is situated in a low-lying area, you’ll want to elevate your HVAC unit. Flooding from storms can cause serious damage to your HVAC system. That’s not coooool! Use strong and sturdy options such as concrete blocks to add some elevation for your unit. If you need help, give the cats at Carolina Cool a call.

2. Prepare for the worst! Tighten the bolts on your outdoor HVAC unit and install hurricane straps to help hold down your unit in high winds.

3. Cover your unit. High winds cause all kinds of debris to fly around. Old lawn chairs, big tree branches and lawn decorations become flying projectiles of doom when the wind gets bad. These items can damage your HVAC unit. If possible, cover your unit with a plywood box or at the very least a tarp to try to prevent those flying bits of debris from harming your HVAC.

4. Before the storm hits, drop your A/C temperature few degrees colder than normal. Then close your windows, doors, blinds and any unused rooms to trap as much cool air as possible in your home. Depending on the outside temperature, this tip might not last a long time. Make sure you have battery-powered fans in your hurricane kit to help you stay as cooooooool as possible during the storm.

5. As the storm arrives, turn off power to the unit and unplug it, if possible. Lightning strikes and intermittent power outages on your grid can cause major power surges that can damage components in your HVAC unit.

6. After the storm has passed and electricity has been reliably restored, check your unit outside for any damage and remove any debris that might be blocking moving parts. If no damage, then turn your unit back on and get it working again as soon as possible to avoid mold growth from the wet conditions caused by the storm.

If your HVAC is damaged by the storm or gets flooded, be sure to call the cats at Carolina Cool before trying to run your unit. Damaged units can cause a lot of problems or even catch on fire. Always keep safety in mind first and if you aren’t sure, make the call. The top-notch trained-up technicians at Carolina Cool can get you up and running safely again.