When the threat of a hurricane presents itself, there are certain general precautions we should take to protect our home and families, such as stocking
up on water, non-perishable foods, flashlights, batteries, and boarding up windows.
In addition, there are also precautions you can take to protect your HVAC system to potentially minimize damage and keep you and your family safe.
To keep your HVAC equipment as safe as possible during the storm, it’s recommended that you:
- Turn off the HVAC unit, both at the thermostat and circuit breaker. This will reduce the chances of a power surge that could potentially compromise the system.
- Secure your outdoor unit by making sure all bolts are secure and tight. You can also protect your unit from debris by clearing the area.
- If there are any signs of damage, do not turn on your unit; all inspection and HVAC replacement work on equipment should be performed by qualified heating and cooling professionals.
Flooding and storm surges can cause significant damage; a house or basement exposed to standing water can damage your home’s water heater, furnace, boiler, air-conditioning, ventilation, and heat pump system. Go to http://www.ahrinet.org/Homeowners/Improve-Safety/Floods-and-HVACR-Equipment for more information on how to keep your family safe.