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Protecting Your HVAC System During Hurricane Season

Thursday, August 25th, 2022

Hurricane season 2022 is well underway. The Carolinas are often impacted by tropical storms, and this year looks to be no different with Colin already bringing the rain. Unless you’re new to Charleston and the Lowcountry, you know now is the time to start preparing for the next big storm, and we’re here to help with some advice on a subject that’s near and dear to us… protecting your HVAC system! Here are 3 quick tips that should help your HVAC unit make it through this year’s storms and hurricanes in great shape.

Hurricane Season 2022

So let’s say the NOAA and local authorities have made the call and it’s time to evacuate. Here are 3 things you should do before you head out:

Cut the Juice

Before you leave, head over to your breaker box. You’ll want to shut off the breaker that powers your HVAC-  and really any other appliances that you won’t need while you’re gone. Cutting the live current to your appliances greatly reduces the risk of them being fried by power surges, shorts, and lightning strikes. This will also protect them from damage when the electrical company is tinkering with downed power lines.

When you return home, be sure that your house isn’t flooded or damaged before flipping your breakers back on.

Clean Up Loose Objects

Be sure to clean up the area around your HVAC unit before heading out. The hurricane winds generated by tropical storms can turn any object bigger than a few pounds into something that can greatly damage your HVAC unit – and the rest of your home. A quick cleanup of things like yard chairs, planters, toys, firewood for the firepit, and tools for the yard can save you a ton of money.

Cover Your Unit

One of the best things you can do for your HVAC unit is cover it with a tight fitting protective cover. Almost every HVAC company out there sells purpose-built weather covers for their HVAC units, and there are generic options as well. We think it’s well worth the investment!

If you already have a tight cover for your unit, be sure to use it, and secure it tightly. If you’re lucky enough to have your system elevated off the ground, that’s even better and should help it avoid any potential flooding. You can also board up your system after you turn it off for even more protection.

Stay Safe During Hurricane Season!

Following each of these simple steps each time there’s a big storm can save you a ton of money… but what’s most important is your safety. If your system is broken after a storm, don’t try to fix it yourself – instead, give the pros at Carolina Climate Control a ring.

Stay safe out there, Charleston!

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3 More Tips To Help Safeguard Your HVAC System During A Hurricane

Monday, September 10th, 2018

Last year when hurricane Irma was bearing down on us we reviewed 3 quick tips you could do help keep your HVAC protected during hurricane season.

This year, with Hurricane Florence knocking on our door, we’ve got some additional advice you can do to help protect your heating and air conditioning system investment.

Elevate Your Outdoor Unit (If Possible)

If you live in a low area and expect flooding to occur, see if it’s possible to have someone elevate your system up off the ground using a small platform, if you don’t already.

Depending on how high water floods around your home, you can have a platform built that will not only keep your system away from potentially harmful water damage, but also helps secure your system to a level, solid surface.

Check Tie-Down Straps and Fasteners

Most professional HVAC installations will include tie-downs or straps for your unit for detrimental weather like hurricanes, however these can loosen, corrode or break over time, depending on when your installation took place.

As you’re covering your unit (as we recommended in last year’s post), be sure to check these straps/tie-downs to ensure they’re in good working condition.

Schedule A Quick Maintenance Appointment

As always with HVAC equipment, your local HVAC contractor will have the best eye for potential ways of safeguarding your HVAC system. Every home/location/installation can be slightly different so having an experienced eye take a quick look can save you some potential headaches after the hurricane moves on and you’re assessing any damage.

Even if Hurricane Florence only glances the Lowcountry, taking these hurricane damage prevention tips and putting them into action can help protect your system for any inevitable storms/hurricanes to come in the future.

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