Ready Your AC Unit For Hurricane Season

Prepare Your AC Unit for Hurricane Season with Arctic Air Conditioning & Plumbing

As hurricane season approaches, it's crucial to ensure that your air conditioning (AC) unit is ready to withstand the potential challenges posed by severe weather. At Arctic Air Conditioning & Plumbing, we understand the importance of proactive maintenance to protect your AC system and maintain comfort during unpredictable weather conditions. In this blog post, we'll discuss valuable tips to help you prepare your AC unit for hurricane season and safeguard your home's cooling system.

 

Secure Outdoor Components:

Before a hurricane strikes, it's essential to secure your AC unit's outdoor components to prevent damage from high winds and flying debris. Remove any loose items or debris from around the unit, and consider installing hurricane straps or brackets to anchor the outdoor condenser unit securely to the ground or a concrete pad.

 

Trim Surrounding Vegetation:

Trimming trees, shrubs, and branches near your AC unit can help minimize the risk of damage during a hurricane. Falling branches or debris can cause significant damage to the outdoor unit or obstruct airflow, compromising its performance. Keep vegetation trimmed back to create a clear perimeter around the AC unit.

 

Elevate the Outdoor Unit:

In areas prone to flooding, consider elevating the outdoor AC unit to protect it from water damage during heavy rainfall or storm surges. Installing a raised platform or concrete pad can help prevent water from infiltrating the unit's electrical components and causing corrosion or malfunction.

 

Schedule Preventive Maintenance:

Regular maintenance is key to keeping your AC unit in optimal condition, especially before hurricane season. Schedule a comprehensive maintenance service with Arctic Air Conditioning & Plumbing to ensure that your system is operating efficiently and reliably. Our technicians will inspect and clean the components, check for any potential issues, and make necessary repairs to prepare your AC unit for the rigors of hurricane season.

 

Invest in Surge Protection:

Power surges and electrical fluctuations during storms can damage sensitive electronic components in your AC unit, leading to costly repairs or replacements. Consider installing surge protection devices or whole-house surge protectors to safeguard your HVAC system and other valuable electronics from voltage spikes caused by lightning or power outages.

 

Have a Backup Plan:

In the event of a power outage during a hurricane, having a backup plan for staying cool is essential. Consider investing in a portable generator or backup battery system to power your AC unit and essential appliances until normal power is restored. Additionally, keep your home well-insulated and use fans or portable air conditioners to circulate air and maintain comfort indoors.

 

Preparing your AC unit for hurricane season is vital to ensure that your home remains cool and comfortable during adverse weather conditions. By following these tips and partnering with Arctic Air Conditioning & Plumbing for preventive maintenance, you can protect your AC system and enjoy peace of mind throughout hurricane season.