While summertime is one of the most beautiful times to live in Gulf Breeze, FL, the beginning of June also brings about hurricane season. Your hurricane prep plan probably already includes canned food, extra batteries, flashlights and even an evacuation plan. However, it’s also important to remember a few important aspects of protecting your HVAC system against the storms that are such a part of living in our area.
1. Attaching the HVAC System
Depending on the severity of the winds, it may be possible for your HVAC system’s outdoor unit to move during the storm. Fortunately, you can find hurricane-grade straps at your local hardware store. These straps can ensure that the outdoor part of your system remains in place, preventing the need for major system repair.
2. Protecting the Unit From Debris
One of the best ways to protect your HVAC system from damage caused by flying debris is to simply keep your yard neat and tidy. During hurricane season, you should regularly walk around your property and look for debris that could blow into your system, potentially damaging it. Making sure that large sticks, lawn furniture and other items aren’t close to your system can help protect your unit.
3. Another Form of Protection
In addition to regularly walking around your property to look for potential hazards, you can invest in a mesh HVAC system cover. These covers protect your system from blowing leaves, smaller branches, tree limbs and items from neighboring yards. Full covers can be used when your system is off.
After the storm passes, it’s a good idea to have a professional HVAC service technician come out to thoroughly inspect your system. Call Lunsford Air Conditioning and Heating today to find out more about all of our HVAC services.
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