Many greet the coming of spring as a welcoming change of seasons, from the cold to warmer days. It brings many animals out from hibernation and plants and flowers grow once again. For all the great things that spring brings, however, it has its fair share of bad things like storms.
Cover the Condenser
Your HVAC unit can withstand a good amount of weather damage, but severe storms can overwhelm it. To keep your HVAC safe this spring, All Hours Plumbing and HVAC suggests making sure that the outdoor condenser of your air conditioning is secure. You can also cover it with a canvas tarp. A plastic covering can retain moisture, which in turn causes metal corrosion.
Use a Generator
A bad thunderstorm can cause a power outage in your area. When this occurs, you can rely on a generator to power not only your HVAC, but also your home. Your generator can provide enough emergency power until the main power is restored to the grid.
Unplug the HVAC
In a thunderstorm, lightning can also strike your HVAC unit. Your home can be in danger if such a thing happens. Check the weather forecast for any severe thunderstorms and unplug the HVAC well before the storm arrives in your area.
After a thunderstorm, you can clean up around your HVAC unit. The condenser must be clear of any dirt or debris that may have clogged its drains and openings. You should also store household objects away from your HVAC, as the winds can throw these to the condenser.
When you knew beforehand that your area or your home is prone to floods, you can take preventive measures when having your HVAC installed. You can place your HVAC on a platform or elevation where the floodwaters cannot reach it.
With these methods, you can make sure that your HVAC is safe, no matter what the weather throws at you.