Novelist Ilka Chase famously quipped that “among the famous traitors of history, one might mention the weather.” Yes, the weather is an omnipresent nemesis we all contend with, and it can wreak havoc on our homes. Preparing for winter and summer storms involves more than just bracing the windows and doors. Your HVAC system requires special care. Here are some tips to make sure you’re ready for whatever nature has planned.
Secure AC Units With Hurricane Straps
In some areas, hurricane straps on your air conditioning units are required by code. However, this is a relatively recent requirement, so if your unit is more than a few years old, you’re going to want to double-check the straps are there. Even if they are already installed, you should inspect the connections to be sure they aren’t weakened by rust or loose bolts.
Protect AC Units and Exhaust Flues From Water
Few naturally occurring elements have more corrosive power than water. Even if your AC units or flues claim to be water- or rust-resistant, you should shield them from moisture with a waterproof tarp. If water is allowed to rest in an AC unit, rust will start to form, even if it’s just on the bolts. While some flues may be relatively well-protected, most are susceptible to rain driven sideways by aggressive winds. It’s better to be safe than sorry and seal them off with waterproof tarps.
Be sure to remove the tarp after a weather threat has subsided. If tarps are kept in place, they can collect water vapor as it condenses, and your system will once again be at risk. When the coast is clear, take off the tarp and let everything air out.
Clean Loose Debris From Your Yard
The wind is only as dangerous as the projectiles it can hurl at your home. Branches, trash, and even small stones should be cleaned up before windy conditions hit. Not only can these cause significant damage to your units, but they can also be thrust between AC grates, slats, and fins, clogging up your system. A little clean-up will go a long way.
Schedule an HVAC Tune-Up
Extreme weather conditions often bring surprising swings in temperature. This is when your HVAC has to work its hardest. As it fights to maintain the thermal status quo, your HVAC needs to be in tip-top shape. If any of the components need to be adjusted, cleaned, or repaired, the entire system can suffer. Getting a tune-up before extreme weather hits will put your HVAC in a good position to do its job efficiently.
Reach out to E.C. Waters Air Conditioning & Heat to learn more about how to prep your system for adverse weather. Whether you need a tune-up, repairs, preventative maintenance, or the installation of new components, reaching out now will save you time and money in the future.
Even though the weather probably is indeed the most famous traitor in history, you can still gain the upper hand by being prepared. Follow these steps to save your HVAC from being caught out in the rain.