Preparing Your HVAC Equipment
Preparing for an event or situation does not necessarily mean it will happen, but simply being prepared just in case it happens makes good sense.
The weather can dramatically change at any time, especially in Eastern Ontario. As a matter of fact, warm temperature changes come with many challenges as winter turns to spring and then summer. For this reason, you should always keep your HVAC system safe no matter the kind of weather you will experience. With the help from Furlong HVAC Services, your HVAC unit will stay in top condition no matter the weather.
HVAC Prep Checklist
Your HVAC system is costly, and its protection and maintenance should come first.
So how do you protect your HVAC unit from stormy weather?
Before the Storm
If you receive a forecast that there is going to be severe weather, then you should take time to prepare. For those with central air unit, you should cover the outdoor HVAC unit with a cover and secure the cover by tying it and staking it at the bottom. You can also use bricks or other heavy objects to secure it.
This also applies to any object or furniture you have outside like umbrellas and furniture. The aim is to prevent them from being blown around by strong winds, which may also damage your unit if they crash. It is important to note that flying debris can damage your unit. Even though these items have nothing to do with HVAC, it is wise to remove such items. Furthermore, ensure that you stocked non-perishable foods, water, batteries, and flashlight; just in case.
During the Storm
There are times when a storm comes without advance warning, resulting in strong localized storm cells. This kind of storm tends to be the most destructive (most known for power outages and power surges). This is why it is important to protect all your electronics using a power surge protector. You should note that not all power strips are surge protectors.
Therefore, during a storm unplug your window air conditioner if it is not plugged into a surge protector. For the central air, you should turn its breaker off. This helps prevent HVAC damage even when power returns.
After the Storm
After the storm, it is wise to inspect everything. The first thing to inspect is physical damages from flying debris. If you realize that your HVAC unit has been damaged, you should call a professional immediately.
NOTE: do not reconnect or power your HVAC unit when it has damage.
However, if your unit has not suffered any physical damage, then you can power it as usual. At this point, you should listen for any unusual noises coming from the unit. Remember, a strange sound is most likely a sign of potential damage.